Written by : Paula Felps 

Religion and Positive Psychology With Patty Van Cappellen

Patty Van Cappellen is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Research Center at Duke University. Patty earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012 and then a Master in Biblical Studies in 2014 from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Van Cappellen is currently Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Archive for the Psychology of Religion”. She is the recipient of a 3-year grant (2017-2020) from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate: “The embodiment of worship: Relations among postural, psychological, and physiological aspects of religious practice.”

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How religion or spirituality can promote a happier life.
  • What could trigger the search for meaning, religion, or spirituality.
  • How some positive emotions, called self-transcendent, can change your outlook on life.


Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

  • Check out Dr. Van Cappellen’s website here.
  • Download the sketch note for this podcast.



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