5 Ways Faith Can Reduce Bullying And Empower Victims

Source: Huffington Post

“Don’t laugh at me, Don’t call me names, Don’t get your pleasure from my pain. In God’s eyes we’re all the same, Someday we’ll all have perfect wings, Don’t laugh at me.”

—from the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin.

A powerful resource for reducing bullying and helping victims heal may be right in your local church, temple or mosque.

The congregational youth group.

A new wave of international scholarship addressing public concerns over bullying is extending into religious communities.

Researchers are discovering that congregations are uniquely positioned to offer the type of social support and the promotion of values such as empathy, forgiveness and love of neighbor that appear to be effective ways of addressing the issue.

Here are five ways research suggests faith can play an important role in reducing bullying:

Cultivate spiritual well-being: Slovakian adolescents who said it was important for them to pray or meditate and for their lives to have joy and meaning were at lower risk of bullying others.

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