Psychological anthropologist Bradd Shore emphasizes the significance of rituals in shaping human lives, offering a powerful tool for individuals to exert influence over their existence. Shore suggests that rituals emerge from repeated ordinary behaviors, evolving into recognizable action patterns known as routines. Routines simplify tasks but may gain symbolic meaning through ritualization, becoming routines with a significant symbolic load. Shore’s research highlights the role of rituals in creating family and community cultures and their capacity to structure time and provide a predictable shape to life. Rituals offer both rhythmic regularity and adaptability to changing circumstances, enabling individuals to keep time and stay in sync with life’s pace.