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

As anyone who has ever posted anything even remotely political or mildly opinionated on Facebook has inevitably learned, social media is making us ruder. A new study shows that almost 80% of people surveyed experienced an “increase in rudeness” on social media sites, and one-in-five have actually reduced real-world, face-to-face contact with a friend over an online confrontation. Almost 20% of those surveyed has blocked or unfriended someone because of an online argument. If you have a hard time believing that social media is turning a segment of society into a bunch of jerks, do your own research study: Just post your thoughts about a controversial social issue, admiration of your favorite sports team, or a negative opinion about a popular TV show … Discuss

Even though only one in 13 Australians regularly attend church (and nearly a third don’t identify with any religious or spiritual belief), belief in Jesus remains prominent in the country. According to a new study, 80 percent of those surveyed believe Jesus died on the cross, and more than half believe He also rose from the dead. While 40 percent of the country describe themselves as Christians, researchers found that issues like “church abuse, hypocrisy, judging others and religious wars” were some of the primary "belief blockers" preventing many Australians from engaging in church … Discuss

A new study—with relatively obvious results—by Symantec Corp. found that when a cell phone was lost, 72 percent of those who found it clicked on a folder titled "private photos" and 57 percent clicked on a file called "saved passwords." Moral of the story: Don't lose your phone or use any of those file names ...