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Very religious people have greater wellbeing
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This Gallup survey announcement is fascinating. I was very interested in reading the results on the Gallup website. I imagine it is unlikely they will advertised the other finding of the survey, which shows that nonreligious people report higher wellbeing than moderately religious survey respondents.
Gallup clearly explains that the connection between religion and wellbeing in this survey is a correlation, but not an indication of a cause relation between the two. They also point out that one strong factor in the results is a higher incidence of smoking among people with lower wellbeing.
In terms of possible things about religion that could add to a sense of overall wellbeing, the Gallup website suggests several possibilities. I think the best suggestion, they give, is the idea that increased amounts of time spent socially and engaged in social networks might contribute to improved feelings of wellbeing.  Many religions feature community activities prominently as part of their practices. So it is likely that very religious people have supportive social ties and interactions which might improve their feelings of wellbeing; and if they smoke less, these individuals should be physically healthier.
Steven Gibson

In response to March 11, 2012 Valley Sun In theory question.

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