How often do you attend religious services? For many in America, a predominantly Judeo-Christian nation, it can be an awkward question.
However, a recent global study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that “people who are actively engaged in religious congregations tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members of religious groups.”
The study also found that religiously active people around the world tend to smoke less, drink less, and, in some cases, live longer.
However, researchers say, “the exact nature of the connections between religious participation, happiness, civic engagement and health remains unclear and needs further study.”
The findings for Americans are also not as clear-cut compared to that of the world as a whole.
“The U.S. results are muddy, with some datasets surfacing statistically significant relationships and others showing no connection between religion and self-rated health,” Pew researchers explain. “However, when statistically significant evidence on the link between religion and health is found, it always reveals a positive association. In other words, there is no dataset in which the actively religious are significantly less likely to report top health than the inactively religious, the unaffiliated or both of the latter groups combined.”
News 2 wants to know: how often you attend religious services? Answer the poll below!
Results from 2,760 votes:
Never: 54 %
Weekly: 34 %
Occasionally: 12 %
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