Going to church regularly or praying and/or meditating when growing up can help one’s overall health according to a study by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
While the study doesn’t focus on Christianity, it reveals what Christians have known for a long time: “Compared with no attendance, at least weekly attendance of religious services was associated with greater life satisfaction and positive affect, a number of character strengths, lower probabilities of marijuana use and early sexual initiation, and fewer lifetime sexual partners.” Not surprisingly, the study also found that daily prayer or meditation is “associated with greater positive affect, emotional processing, and emotional expression; greater volunteering, greater sense of mission, and more forgiveness” along with other similar social effects as church attendance.
While faith is often under attack in our culture, it is good to hear that a study by a prominent secular university points to the importance of religious practices.
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