The link between religion and happiness

 

Want to be happier as you age?

 

Go to church.

 

Scientists have found that adults over 50 who participate in religious groups were less likely to be depressed than those who volunteered with charities, participated in political or social groups or took educational classes.

 

According to a story in the Washington Post, researchers studied 9,000 Europeans over the age of 50. The study was recently published in the American Journal of Epedimiology.

 

“The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” Mauricio Avendano, an epidemiologist at LSE and an author of the study, was quoted in the Washington Post. “It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated.”

 

— B.L.Gross

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