Thursday, June 14, 2018

Religious people live four years longer

Church-goers appear to live up to four years longer than atheists, according to an analysis of 1,000 obituaries published across the United States. 
The Ohio State psychology researchers behind the study insist there is merit to the connection: people with religious affiliations often volunteer and engage in social activities throughout their lives -- something routinely tied to longer lifespan.
But they found that this socializing only appeared to boost longevity by a year at most - suggesting other elements of religious life, such as low alcohol intake, could contribute. 
The reason for their longevity may be related to the rules and norms of many religions that restrict unhealthy practices such as alcohol and drug use and having sex with many partners. Many religions also promote stress-reducing practices that may improve health, such as gratitude, prayer or meditation.

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