Regular Worship Attendance Equals Happiness and Health

Research shows regular worship attendance can contribute to your happiness and overall health

Recent research by the Pew Research Center looked at regular worship attendance, happiness and overall health and well-being.  Trends indicated that people who attend worship services at least once a month were linked to higher levels of happiness than those who claim to have no faith.

  • 85 percent of persons who identify as Christian or have another religious affiliation don’t smoke compared to 74 percent of those who do not identify a religious affiliation and 72 percent of those who attend services less than once a month
  • Around the world, regular worshippers are less likely to smoke by a significant margin in 16 of 19 countries surveyed
  • Regular worship attenders also tend to drink less alcohol, but are not necessarily more inclined to exercise or be less obese than others
  • Worship attendance was consistently linked to higher levels of happiness; more than one-third considered themselves very happy
  • Regular worship attendees may have more people to rely on for information and help when circumstances change for better or worse
  • Regular worship attendees in Mexico, Columbia and Ecuador identified themselves as “very happy” even though these countries have experienced political instability and violence
  • Adults who have regular religious participation tend to vote more often in national elections
  • Regular attenders generally live longer
  • They also are more active in other organizations such as voluntary, charity or sports groups

To view more of the research from the Pew Research Center see their article Religion’s Relationship to Happiness, Civic Engagement and Health Around the World.

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