Praying for loved ones changes behavior

by | May 13, 2013

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Close friends and romantic partners praying for each other's well-being can lead to stronger relationships with more cooperation and forgiveness, a study by researchers at Brigham Young University and three other schools found.

The five-part study broke new ground by coming up with objective measures — instead of self-reported results — of behavior by those who pray for others. In one study, the partners, who were unaware they were the subject of prayer, noticed their partners who prayed for them were more forgiving.

"People can think that what they are doing doesn't really affect others, whether they pray or not isn’t really going to have much of an impact on others," said BYU assistant professor Nathan Lambert.

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