Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows


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[size=]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.[/size]

by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.24 Dec 2014 Breitbart

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.”

These statistics tying happiness to religiosity have held true over time. A similar survey conducted ten years ago generated similar results, leading to the same conclusions. When the General Social Survey asked a sample of Americans in 2004, “Would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?” religious people were more than twice as likely as the non-religious to say they were “very happy” (43%-21%). The secular people, or those who never attend worship services, were overwhelmingly more likely to say they were not too happy (21%-8%).

breitbart.com/national-security/2014/12/24/religious-people-much-happier-than-others-new-study-shows/

Link to study: relationshipsinamerica.com/religion/are-religious-people-happier-people

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I came across this Anglo-Dutch study last year of a similar vein.

today.com/kindness/study-religion-faith-can-help-provide-sustained-happiness-t39036


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:slight_smile:
Thank you for sharing!


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I don’t find this particularly powerful in defending the truth of the faith. But if anyone is brought joy by religious truth, then more power to them.


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Christ came to free the prisoners in the prisons and to release the oppressed, that is, Christ is not just a happy life, this is something which is even more, it is the experience of Heaven here on earth. It is not surprising that believers in Christ are blessed and happy with the circumstances under which an ordinary person can not be blessed and happy, because he did not attain this peace and joy in Christ.


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Atheists live in a world limited to reality as they perceive it to be. Their world is confined to where a world beyond what they can ever imagine is impossible for them to believe in.

What you see is really all there is for atheists. Anything else is unbelievable, the stuff of fantasy and childish wish fulfillment, the stuff of mockery. The possibility that there is anything more than what can be measured and calibrated is inconceivable to them, beyond the range of believably even.

The world of atheism is like a childhood without Santa Claus, without the possibility of fantasy, without imagination, without magic.

It as not as if the parameters set by reality as we perceive it to be does not exist for religious people too. We all are face with the same kinds of pains when we fall off our bike, when our parents divorce, when our pets our our children die.

But for religious people, even if the parameters of the world are the same, we are not bound by those parameters. We are free to imagine something more, something better, something other.
And the history of Christianity is that what is imaginable, and more, is capable of defining our reality, becoming our reality even. Our worldview is no longer confined to the elites being as gods, and the poor being as animals, as it was in the times of Jesus being born in that manger. Our reality has opened up a world that to the Romans and the Jews at the time of Jesus would have been unimaginable.

The spiritual imagination extends the parameters of our world to beyond the limits of any existing worldview. It is a world without limits, a world of real hope, a world in which what is possible is not confined to what is probable.

There can be happiness in that.


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