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As part of its celebrating diversity months, the Diversity and Inclusion team is encouraging people to think about religion and belief throughout January.
World Religion Day
is celebrated annually on 25 January across the globe. The purpose of the day is to unite everyone together, no matter what their faith, to celebrate the common foundations of all religions. By celebrating different faiths, the day demonstrates how people can join together to create a better world. It is important to understand different religions, and there is a growing body of research that shows meditation and contemplative forms of prayer have a range of measurable, beneficial effects on health and wellbeing. For example, increasing the ability to focus and be attentive, helping to manage stress, boosting the immune system, and helping to combat depression and boost creativity.
Also taking place in January is the Holocaust Memorial Day
(27 January). The theme for this year's day is entitled don't stand by, and will encourage people to consider ways in which they can choose not to be a bystander.
The NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion team has published key information and resources about both of the days.