Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Why Should Heaven Interest Us?
Chapter 2. Why Should Prospection Interest Us?
Chapter 3. Prospection and Belief in Life After Death
Chapter 4. Does Humanism Keep Heaven From Our Minds?
Chapter 5. Why Should Faith Interest Us?
Chapter 6. Hope, Prospection and Imagination
Chapter 7. But Science Must Interest Us Too
Chapter 8. Why Do Some Of Us Become More Religious with Age?
Chapter 9. Why Does Loss of Faith Happen?
Chapter 10. Alcoholism Cripples Our Capacity for Prospection
Chapter 11. Is Our Capacity for Spirituality Evolving?
“The first, and only, serious study of religious development across the entire lifespan. This book sets a new benchmark for the science of spirituality.”Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology, Director, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania
“What a fabulous use of the world renowned Harvard Study of Adult Development, an investigation begun in 1939. For many years and until recently, this project was directed by one of the premier psychiatric and humanistic researchers of his generation, Dr. George Eman Vaillant, MD, of Harvard Medical School. Over the last two decades, Dr. Vaillant has been a leader in the positive psychology movement, and now draws on the Harvard Study of Adult Development to examine the extent to which belief in an afterlife influences well-being and survival over the course of a lifetime. This is the one and only prospective longitudinal study ever conducted on this topic. Every six years, for the better part of four decades, Dr. Vaillant has asked subjects about the degree and depth of their belief in life after death. Heaven on My Mind is a brilliant, deep, and revealing study that reveals scientifically for the first time that there is more value in keeping heaven on one’s mind than most researchers people realize, and indeed this may be why it remains important in many lives. A truly creative and even magnificent book, everyone interested in “Prospection” as a state of mind should read this, as should anyone interested in spirituality and well-being.” – <strong>Stephen G. Post, PhD., Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, President, Institute for Research on Unlimited Love
“This heartfelt book weaves together moving stories with data from a groundbreaking longitudinal study that tracked Harvard graduates over the course of their entire lives. Intimate interviews combined with mental and physical health records over decades of time illuminate how our lives are profoundly influenced by the nature of our relationships in the present and our sense of hope for the future. Dr. George Vailllant is a wise and eloquent guide to living well at any age.”David Bryce Yaden, Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
“Drawing on the Harvard Study of Adult Development (“The Grant Study”), lead researcher George E. Vaillant, M.D., examines the extent to which a belief in the afterlife influences well-being and survival over the course of a lifetime. Using spiritual and religious biographies of the men in The Grant Study, Heaven on My Mind shows us the significance that faith and hope for heaven have on our everyday life and well-being. The book ultimately reveals that there’s more value in keeping heaven on your mind than you might realize.” Sandra Bilbray is a contributing editor for Live Happy, and the CEO and owner of themediaconcierge.net
<a href=” https://www.novapublishers.com/web/web_files/Reviews/Book%20Review%20-%20Heaven%20on%20My%20Mind%20(Kerns).pdf” target=”_blank” to read the book review by Peggy Kern, PhD., Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia