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Fetzer Institute Survey Reveals America's Shared Perspectives On Love, Forgiveness And A Connection To The Global Community

Americans Live with Distrust and Long to Belong

While most Americans describe their personal communities as friendly, peaceful, respectful, and compassionate, 74 percent agree that most people would take advantage of others if they had the chance. In addition, 40 percent of Americans describe their communities as divided; 31 percent claim their communities are intolerant; and 27 percent state their communities are untrusting. The data also points to a clear majority who long to belong. Eighty-two percent of Americans believe that it's important to feel a part of a community in their personal lives and 58 percent of Americans want to be a part of something bigger than themselves but don't know how to begin.

Americans Are Becoming More Spiritual

The survey indicates that the United States is becoming an increasingly spiritual country. Seventy-six percent of American adults consider themselves to be spiritual, and 60 percent of American adults say they are becoming more spiritual as compared to five years ago. Furthermore, nearly three-quarters of American adults believe spirituality can help solve misunderstandings between cultures. Still, there is a segment of the population that doesn't know where to turn to address their spiritual needs. Around one-third of American adults spend a lot of time grappling with spirituality, and more than one in four have spiritual needs and don't know where to turn for help.

The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit, private operating foundation based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Established by broadcast pioneer John E. Fetzer (1901-1991), the Institute uses its philanthropic resources to create programs that foster awareness of the power that love, forgiveness, and compassion can have in our world. With an endowment of $380 million, the Institute dedicates approximately $20 million annually toward its programming efforts.

SOURCE Fetzer Institute

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