New Study Shows Church-Going Couples Are Happier

They say a family that prays together, stays together. And they might be right. A recent study conducted by The Institute on Family Studies found that couples who attend worship services together are happier than couples that don't. Furthermore, the study found that couples that have a church-going man are happier than couples that don't. Even a couple with only a man who attends church is happier than a couple where only the woman attends. The study's findings read:

"Seventy-eight percent of men and women in couples who regularly go to services together, or where only the man attends regularly, report that they are 'very happy' or 'extremely happy,' after adjusting for differences in race, age, education, marital status, region and other factors. By contrast, 67 percent of men and women in relationships where neither partner attends are happy, and just 59 percent of people in couples where only she attends regularly report they are very happy. Clearly, shared attendance and his attendance are linked to higher self-reported relationship quality."

And, on the more surprising discrepancy between the happiness of a couple with a church going man and a couple with a church going woman, the findings suggested that men's religious attendance was especially beneficial because churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are some of the few institutions in American life that pay particular attention to encouraging men to invest in their families. So, before you roll your eyes and snicker at your pastor the next time they joke about making a date night out of the next church outing, remember there's a study that backs them up now. A couple the goes together, grows together.

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Laine Gebhardt

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Laine Gebhardt replied to Leonard Martinez's comment

Leonard, how did you turn this article into an insult on liberals?

I'd bet it has less to do with 'church' than having a larger community that the couple is a part of.

Jennifer Preston

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Jennifer Preston commented…

"New study shows Church-Going Couples Are Happier" when you read the study that is NOT what it shows. 67% of the couples who were non religious and/or had no church attendance reported to be very happy with their relationship. 78% of couple that reported attending services together regularly reported to be very happy, 59% of couples where only the woman goes to church report as very happy. This does not mean that this becomes the truth of all relationships. The study was based on 1600 people's answers of a survey, so the data is true of them. Also to note, when this study was first published by an unbiased group the researchers found there was no correlation between couple happiness and church attendance. When the data was broken down further by a BIASED group there was a small change in the correlation. The study does not show the reasons why and even the biased group still do not know why the data looks the way it does and the findings need more research. Also it is important to note that all relationships could be happy or unhappy according to the data of the study many people who stated that they are dissatisfied with their relationship also said they regularly attend church together or pray together. It is important to not read too much into these studies either way. If you are happy in your relationship great but don't add pressure to it by thinking it will improve by following the advice of this article, it is the way you treat each other that matters most not how many times you do or don't go to church together. The article written is also very biased as you can see by the way they drop the word "very" from "very happy" when speaking about the non religious couples results.

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Leonard Martinez

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Leonard Martinez commented…

Duh. Tell us something we don't know. Rather tell it to the camp of the malcontented, the ingrates and the entitled, who twist their spiritual torment into political ideology. They are called liberals.

Laine Gebhardt

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Laine Gebhardt replied to Leonard Martinez's comment

Leonard, how did you turn this article into an insult on liberals?

I'd bet it has less to do with 'church' than having a larger community that the couple is a part of.

Jennifer Preston

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Jennifer Preston commented…

"New study shows Church-Going Couples Are Happier" when you read the study that is NOT what it shows. 67% of the couples who were non religious and/or had no church attendance reported to be very happy with their relationship. 78% of couple that reported attending services together regularly reported to be very happy, 59% of couples where only the woman goes to church report as very happy. This does not mean that this becomes the truth of all relationships. The study was based on 1600 people's answers of a survey, so the data is true of them. Also to note, when this study was first published by an unbiased group the researchers found there was no correlation between couple happiness and church attendance. When the data was broken down further by a BIASED group there was a small change in the correlation. The study does not show the reasons why and even the biased group still do not know why the data looks the way it does and the findings need more research. Also it is important to note that all relationships could be happy or unhappy according to the data of the study many people who stated that they are dissatisfied with their relationship also said they regularly attend church together or pray together. It is important to not read too much into these studies either way. If you are happy in your relationship great but don't add pressure to it by thinking it will improve by following the advice of this article, it is the way you treat each other that matters most not how many times you do or don't go to church together. The article written is also very biased as you can see by the way they drop the word "very" from "very happy" when speaking about the non religious couples results.

Jennifer Preston

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Jennifer Preston commented…

"New study shows Church-Going Couples Are Happier" when you read the study that is NOT what it shows. 67% of the couples who were non religious and/or had no church attendance reported to be very happy with their relationship. 78% of couple that reported attending services together regularly reported to be very happy, 59% of couples where only the woman goes to church report as very happy. This does not mean that this becomes the truth of all relationships. The study was based on 1600 people's answers of a survey, so the data is true of them. Also to note, when this study was first published by an unbiased group the researchers found there was no correlation between couple happiness and church attendance. When the data was broken down further by a BIASED group there was a small change in the correlation. The study does not show the reasons why and even the biased group still do not know why the data looks the way it does and the findings need more research. Also it is important to note that all relationships could be happy or unhappy according to the data of the study many people who stated that they are dissatisfied with their relationship also said they regularly attend church together or pray together. It is important to not read too much into these studies either way. If you are happy in your relationship great but don't add pressure to it by thinking it will improve by following the advice of this article, it is the way you treat each other that matters most not how many times you do or don't go to church together. The article written is also very biased as you can see by the way they drop the word "very" from "very happy" when speaking about the non religious couples results.

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