Spirituality Makes Us Thrive
Mar 19, 2021

Reading time less than 1 minute

Holding religious or spiritual beliefs is important for ‘thriving’ in life, a study by the University of Portsmouth has found. Dr Daniel Brown, a sport and exercise scientist, assessed all the research on what helps people to flourish to come up with a definitive list for living well.

To thrive a person must be optimistic, spiritual or religious, motivated, proactive, enjoy learning, flexible, adaptable, socially competent and have good self belief. They also must have opportunity, support from family and colleagues, a calm environment, trust and a high degree of autonomy. “Thriving is a word most people would be glad to hear themselves described as, but which science hasn’t really managed to consistently classify and describe until now,” said Dr Brown. “It appears to come down to an individual experiencing a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something. “In the simplest terms, what underpins it is feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something.” Research has established that though thriving is similar to resilience, prospering or growth, it is also a stand-alone characteristic.

Thriving has been examined at various stages of human life and has at times been described as vitality, learning, mental toughness, focus, or combinations of these and other qualities. It has also been examined in various contexts, including in the military, in health and in child development. “Since the end of the 20th century, there has been a quest in science to better understand human fulfilment and thriving, there’s been a shift towards wanting to understand how humans can function as highly as possible,” said Dr Brown. “Part of the reason for a lack of consensus is the research so far has been narrowly focused. Some have studied what makes babies thrive, others have examined what makes some employees thrive and others not, and so on. By setting out a clear definition, I hope this helps set a course for future research.” The study is published in European Psychologist.

Leave your comments / questions for this practitioner

To write a comment please
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter

All categories

Life Coaching
$75 USD
mentorship session
Ignite the Light Within


Powerful! Find your recipe for happiness! Love the skin you're in. We will go deep right away to discover your inner passion, chart a course that aligns with your highest heart power.

Target audience

Adults who are ready to be happy and enjoy their lives. Adults who are depressed, feeling hopeless or lost.


You will feel energized and empowered to make the changes you want in your life.


I will use my intuitive skills as we talk and hone in on your desires. I will place high frequency sigils in your energy field to expand your future and encourage your inner power to come forth.

Other comments

Dr. Michele S. Zirkle
Life Coaching
$60 USD
coaching session
Design Your Life- Personal Development Session

When you aren't sure which way to turn or who to turn to for help in making decisions, I will help you come home to yourself and forge a plan to manifest your desires.
Whether it's everyday details that have you confused or it's major decisions you need to make, I will teach you how to make the decisions that are best for you.

Dr. Michele S. Zirkle
Life Coaching
$55 USD
coaching session
How to Let go of Your Past


You will be able to work through your pain and release it.


Sessions are 45 minutes in length

Life Coaching
$1035 USD
coaching session
10 hours of parent coaching

What is Parent Coaching?

"Parent Coaching is an invitation to consider new information regarding present, everyday challenges; not requiring healing, but fresh approaches. Coaches use techniques such as questioning, stories, metaphors and affirmations to help clients participate deeply in their own change process." ~ Gloria DeGaetano

What is not Parent Coaching?

Coaching is often mistaken for therapy or other types of mental health treatments. During the coaching process it is almost a certainty that I am going to touch upon areas related to emotional and mental well-being, but I am not providing therapy.
I am not a licensed psychologist or specialist healthcare professional. My services do not replace the care of psychologists or other healthcare professionals.

Are you licensed and insured?

Coaches do not yet require licensure to practice their profession however, I have completed Parent Coaching Certification Training at Parent Coaching Institute. I also carry a policy for private practice professional liability through Forrest T. Jones & Company.

Stephanie Byrne

Related Articles

View All
2 min.
Life Coaching
Feb 23 2023
7 Ways You Can Suffer if Your Life is Out of Balance

It’s very challenging to achieve balance in life. Some believe a balanced life is impossible if you’re committed to succeeding at the highest level. Maybe that’s true, but most people don’t need to become a billionaire or a movie star to consider themselv…

3 min.
Life Coaching
Jan 18 2021
Sliding Into 2021 on Sweat, Snot and Tears!

Taking into consideration that I was a wee-bit over tired getting up at 2:30am with a puppy every morning as a factor and my nerves being raw, this holiday season has proven to have been a highly emotional mix! For me, like so many of us, most of these fe…

Tymi Howard
1 min.
Life Coaching
Dec 20 2022
Re-Wire Your Brain ( Learn self Mastery-control your emotions)

We are spiritual beings having human experience. When God created us, he gave us full access to 5% of our brains which is our conscious mind and other 95% which is our subconscious mind works in alignment with our conscious mind. Subconscious mind is resp…

Manpreet cheema
9 min.
Life Coaching
Feb 26 2021
Who's Controlling Your Mind? Tips on How to Get in Control

Your brain is the strongest instrument you own for the building of greatness in your life, but if not exploited properly, could as well be the most harmful power in your life.

Your brain, more specifically, your thoughts, influence your perception and, s…

Demi Powell
Registered individuals enjoy all the possibilities of Core Spirit.