Believers live 5-10 years longer
| The Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS) released a study last month demonstrating that religious people live longer.
The study observed that “self-reported religious service attendance has been linked with longevity,” and confirmed this by examining obituaries from 43 U.S. cities.
Researchers found that religiously affiliated people lived between 5.64 and 9.45 years longer than those who were not religiously affiliated.
The findings are consistent with many other studies.
- A JAMA Internal Medicine study found that “women who went to any kind of religious service more than once a week had a 33 percent lower chance “than their secular peers of dying” during the 16 years following the research.
- Another JAMA study reported that women who attended religious services at least once a week were “associated with an approximately 5-fold lower rate of suicide” than those who never attend a service.
- A PLOS One study reported that people who attend religious services regularly experience less stress and were “55 percent less likely to die” over the next 18 years than those who did not attend.
The truth is that religious communities are substantively different than non-religious communities.
A common interest can bind us as friends, but a common Father binds us as family. Most of us, if raised in loving families, understand why this difference matters.
Your family is more likely to love you, even when you’re occasionally unlovable. Your family is also more likely to sacrifice for you if times get tough.
They remember and actively participate in your common family rituals and routines. They recognize your family history and understand the lens through which you view yourself and the world around you.
That’s why “the simple act of congregating with a like-minded community” will never match the healing power and extended commitment offered by a family – even if that family is simply your religious community.
That’s why religious people will continue to live longer. Read the full story at Fox News.