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Spirit: The Timekeeper

  • John G. BruhnEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Abstract

The will to live is considered to be one of the basic drives in man; some health professionals believe that it plays an important role in one’s chances for survival and increased longevity. In essence spirit gives life to our personhood. Some health professionals believe that spirit is important in maintaining good health and in coping with illness. Spirit can be supported and strengthened outside of a person, but the essence of spirit cannot be rehabilitated or replaced since it is the basis of our personhood. Spirit is our reason for living. It is our timekeeper.

Keywords

Life satisfaction Process of dying Time as a gift Spirit 

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Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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