Study: Actively Religious People More Likely To Be Happier, Live Healthier Than Non-Religious


A newly released study found that actively religious people are more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those who are inactively religious or not religious.

The Pew Research Center surveyed people from around the world and found similar results among respondents.

In the United States, 36 percent of those who are actively religious described themselves as “very happy,” while only 25 percent of the inactively religious and 25 percent of the unaffiliated characterized themselves in this way.

The actively religious are also less likely than the unaffiliated to smoke or drink alcohol.

In all but two of the 19 countries surveyed, the actively religious are less likely to smoke than the unaffiliated.

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“The actively religious also tend to drink less, although the findings are not as stark: In 11 of the 19 countries, people who attend services at least monthly are less likely than the rest of the population to drink several times a week,” according to Pew.

An additional finding of the study is that in 12 of the countries polled, the religiously active are more likely to be engaged civically in nonreligious voluntary organizations.

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In the U.S., 58 percent of the actively religious are involved in at least one nonreligious organization, versus 51 percent of inactively religious and 39 percent of the unaffiliated.

The actively religious also vote in higher percentages than their counterparts.

Sixty-nine percent of actively religious Americans say they always vote, compared with 59 percent of the inactive and 48 percent of the unaffiliated.

In fact, there are no countries in which the actively religious are significantly less likely to vote than others.

Pew Research associate Joey Marshall tweeted regarding the study’s finding: “Key takeaway: the well-being gaps that we observe are largely driven by active participation in the social life of a religious community, not simply identifying with a religious faith.”

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Breitbart noted a 2014 study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture also found a strong correlation between religion and happiness.

Over 15,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 60 years old were surveyed.

Forty-five percent of those who went to religious services at least once a week described themselves as “very happy.”

Meanwhile, only 28 percent who said they never went to services characterized themselves in that way.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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