October 26, 2022 7:00 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26, 2022 (Newswire.com) –
As the #1 app for daily prayer, Pray.com is partnering with renowned researchers to study the benefits digital prayer may have on mental health and well-being during the current mental health-induced crisis. by the pandemic. With approximately 26% of the US adult population suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, according to John Hopkins Medicine, and at a time when people are more interconnected digitally than in person, Pray.com believes it is important to scientifically investigate the benefits of digital engagement with prayer for the first time.
“We know from experience and from existing anecdotal research that prayer, meditation and the consumption of religious content are beneficial to your mental and spiritual well-being,” said Founder and CEO Steve Gatena. “We are excited to contribute scientific knowledge to further examine the science behind digital prayer and its impacts on mental, physical, and spiritual health, an area of research that has been largely overlooked.”
In partnership with established scientists in this space, Pray.com will conduct several groundbreaking studies to assess the impact of digital prayer on mental health and wellbeing, bringing together the science around mental health and digital prayer.
Dr. Jennifer Huberty, former chief scientific officer of Calm, who recently joined Pray.com as Fractional Chief Scientific Advisor, leads the company’s research efforts in partnership with Dr. Todd Hall, professor of psychology at the University of Biola and Affiliate Professor at Harvard’s Human Enrichment Program; Dr. Joshua Hook, associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of North Texas; and Dr. Daryl R. Van Tongeren, associate professor of psychology at Hope College.
“I’m very passionate about mental health,” Dr. Huberty said. “If we can show that spiritual wellbeing is linked to mental health benefits, then Pray.com, with its spiritual wellbeing offerings, could be a strategy to help people improve their mental wellbeing. By understanding the needs of its users, the gives them the opportunity to connect with others and improve their mental health, which translates into other areas of their lives.”
As the first religious mental health and wellness app to do so, Pray.com’s goal in these studies is to provide scientific insight into the impact of digital prayer on mental health and to use its findings to raise awareness of ways to strengthen mental health. by practicing the healthy habit of daily prayer.
Founded in 2016 with a mission to grow faith and cultivate community, Pray.com is the world’s #1 app for daily prayer and Bible-based audio content. He recently launched a 24/7 live video channel, PrayTV. Reaching over 10 million people worldwide through its mobile app and website, Pray.com is the easiest way to incorporate prayer into your daily life. Pray.com provides encouragement and inspiration through daily devotions, podcasts from pastors and Bible bedtime stories. The founders of Pray.com are Steve Gatena, Mike Lynn, Ryan Beck and Matthew Potter. See more at www.pray.com/discover.