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Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows


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Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows

A strong correlation exists between religiosity and personal happiness, according to a new study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.

The study found that people who attend religious services on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as “very happy” (45%) than people who never attend (28%). Conversely, those who never worship are twice as likely to say they are “very unhappy” (4%) as those who attend services weekly (2%).

Building on prior research, this broad survey of American adults comprised a representative sample of 15,738 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60.

The study indicated that not only religious service attendance, but self-reported “religiosity” and religious “affiliation” are also linked with happiness levels. Yet of the three indicators, service attendance has the highest correlation to increased happiness. The study showed that higher levels of church attendance “predict higher life satisfaction,” even after accounting for how important religious faith is in people’s lives.

The correlation between religiosity and happiness is clear, but explanations of the connection and possible causal relationship are less clear. One theory suggests that the social support that religious communities can provide may be a key factor contributing to increased happiness, since “religious Americans are more apt to be involved in their communities.” Yet even here, the study found “that those who attend religious services often are happier than their peers with similar levels of involvement in the community.”

8 thoughts on “Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows

  1. It really isn’t surprising. After all, why wouldn’t someone who believes in some mythical being, with a promise of an eventual afterlife in paradise, be happier. It’s the whole concept on which religion is based. Sorry, I just can’t go along with it. I lost my religion around the same time I figured out Santa wasn’t real.

  2. Our family is very happy and practice no religion and know many others that are just as happy.

  3. Again Sad

  4. There are masses, probably the majority of people, who, if asked, will claim to be religious, but have no actual belief. It’s that they can’t or won’t openly admit that they don’t believe.

  5. When Rev. Al holds you hand as you are about to pass through you will find religion.

  6. Poor Roger, almost dead, but still barely conscious, forced to have Reverend Al holding his hand and nothing he could do about it. Talk about inserting yourself where you are not welcome.

  7. Yes #7 I guess the Mayor didn’t get there fast enough for the photo op

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