Of Nones and Nuns: Where Religion and Positive Psychology Meet


Since the 1980s, people have explored human flourishing in two primary, separate silos: religion and positive psychology. Yet we have a great deal to gain in bringing these two disciplines together. Religion and psychology can inform and strengthen one another—offering even greater support to the people who engage with them. What does religion have to offer us in the modern age? How can it enhance our understanding of the good and deepen the lessons of positive psychology? In major national surveys about religion, Americans increasingly identify themselves as “none of the above.” About a third of such respondents are atheists or agnostics who consider