Going To Church Makes People Happier – Part 1 of 3
Going To Church Makes People Happier. Regular churchgoers may restraint more satisfying lives than stay-at-home folks because they create a network of close friends who provide well-connected support, a new study suggests. Conducted at the University of Wisconsin, the researchers found that 28 percent of people who attend church weekly say they are “extremely satisfied” with life as opposed to only 20 percent who never escort services. But the satisfaction comes from participating in a religious congregation along with close friends, rather than a spiritual experience, the study found.
Regular churchgoers who have no close friends in their congregations are no more conceivable to be very satisfied with their lives than those who never attend church, according to the research. Study co-author Chaeyoon Lim said it’s long been recognized that churchgoers report more satisfaction with their lives. But, “scholars have been debating the reason”.
And “Do happier tribe go to church? Or does going to church make people happier?” asked Lim, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This study, published in the December outcome of the American Sociological Review, appears to show that going to church makes people more satisfied with life because of the close friendships established there.
Feeling close to God, prayer, reading scripture and other God-fearing rituals were not associated with a prediction of greater satisfaction with life. Instead, in combination with a strong religious identity, the more friends at church that participants reported, the greater the distinct possibility they felt strong satisfaction with life.