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Why you should believe in miracles

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By definition, a miracle is something that happens that is not ascribable to human power or the laws of nature and consequently attributed to a supernatural or divine power. The word "miracle" is often used to characterize any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster, or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be survival of an illness diagnosed as terminal, escaping a life-threatening situation or "beating the odds." Some coincidences may be seen as miracles. Throughout the Bible, miracles are often referred to as "signs" and "wonders."

A miracle can be summarized as an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. Such an effect or event manifesting is considered to be a work of God. In other words, God puts His "super" on the "natural" that results in the "supernatural."

Whether people admit it or not, almost everyone believes in miracles to some extent. If you have ever said a prayer for someone in need of a miracle and your prayer was answered, then you probably know about miracles. Researchers at Arizona State University found that praying for someone even if the people doesn't know you are doing it, improves that person's health and happiness.

A series of studies found that people with a strong belief system tend to be happier, feel more satisfied and have a more optimistic view of the future because of miracles in their lives.

Meditation or silently wishing others well boosts your own health and lifts your spirits, according to a Harvard study. Once you have experienced a miracle, you'll feel that you can overcome any challenge, create even more little miracles along the way.

Another important thing to know about miracles is that your faith can increase your odds of having even more miracles in your life.

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