RELIGION AND HAPPINESS: –
There is now extensive research suggesting that religious people are happier and less stressed. There are a number of mechanisms through which religion may make a person happier, including social contact and support that result learned coping strategies that enhance one’s ability to deal with from religious pursuits, the mental activity that comes with optimism and volunteering, stress, and psychological factors such as “reason for being.” It may also be that religious people engage in behaviors related to good health, such as less substance abuse, since the use of psychotropic substances is sometimes considered abuse.
The Legatum Prosperity Index reflects the repeated finding of research on the science of happiness that there is a positive link between religious engagement and wellbeing: people who report that GOD is very important in their lives are on average more satisfied with their lives, after accounting for their income, age and other individual characteristics.
Happiness vs. Religion: –Religious people are less stressed and happier than non-believers – WHY?
Some studies show that religion buffers its adherents from worry. Religious people are less depressed, less anxious and less suicidal than nonreligious people. And they are better able to cope with such crises as illness, divorce and bereavement.
Studies also show that the more a believer incorporates religion into daily living-attending services, reading scriptures, praying – the better off he or she appears to be on two measures of happiness: frequency of positive emotions and overall sense of satisfaction with life. Attending services has a particularly strong correlation to feeling happy, and religious certainty – the sense of unshakable faith in God and truth of one’s beliefs – is more closely linked with life satisfaction.
We know that religion’s benefits can be divided into following four areas:
1. Social support – Religion, after all, derives from the Latin Religion friends and community, clergy and congregation.
2. Spiritual support – If you believe there is GOD watching out, for you, which is profoundly comforting. It is the grand scale equivalent of thinking, if I can’t pay my rent at the end of the month, my dad will help.
3. A sense of purpose and meaning – Doing good works through acts of charity or prayer and meditation, provides another sense of connection to community for many believers. That is a key factor in Buddhism’s capacity to foster happiness. A person might emulate the Buddha by imagining he’s breathing in the suffering of others and breathing out energy to heal them.
4. The avoidance of risky and stressful behaviors. – In a national study of thousands of adolescents, it was found that teens who attend less misunderstood and guilty and more cared for than their non religious peers. People can benefit from spirituality without subscribing to a particular doctrine.
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