What’s the secret to lifelong happiness? According to a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, it’s getting involved in a church. Teams from the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that involvement in organized religion was more effective at producing “sustained happiness” than sports, political groups, charity work or continuing educational efforts. Read More
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New research out of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture has found a strong correlation between religion and personal happiness. They surveyed over 15,000 Americans and found that people attending a religious service on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to say they’re “very happy” than those who don’t attend at all. Read More
New research out of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture has found a strong correlation between religion and personal happiness. Though their survey looked at several factors to gauge individual’s religiousness, the biggest indicator of happiness was regularly going to religious services. From Brietbart:
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%).
The study may offer some clue to understanding why those who regularly go to church are much more likely than non-religious people to still have Pharrell’s “Happy” as their ringtone ... Discuss
A new study from the research site YouGov has revealed some interesting facts about Americans’ belief in a higher power. Among there findings were that 76% of Americans believe in God; 38% say they have “done something because God told them to"; 31% believe that God controls the weather and natural disasters “all of the time.” Their findings also revealed what region (the South), political party (Republicans), gender (female) and age group (45-64) had the highest percentage of members that say they’ve done something out of direct obedience to God’s personal instruction … Discuss
According to a new study released by Florida State University, individuals who pray for a “close relationship partner” experience improvements in the relationship, including “higher levels of cooperative tendencies” and more forgiveness. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Frank D. Fincham, explained the results, telling The Christian Post, "The value of the current studies is that we have objective measures to show that colloquial, intercessory prayer focused on the partner changes observable behavior” … Discuss