Religious Affiliation Linked to Longevity

Are you religiously affiliated? If yes, congratulations! You have a good chance of living longer than others according to a latest study.

A new nationwide study has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion. The study was published online today in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Previously, there was another study in a smaller group showing 6.48 years boost of longevity published in a Des Moines, Iowa, newspaper.

As researchers point out, many religiously affiliated people also volunteered and belonged to social organizations, this is part of the reason for the boost of longevity.  Yet religious affiliation provides other health benefits, some of which might be hard to explain.

It may be related to the rules and norms of many religions that restrict unhealthy practices such as alcohol and drug use and having sex with many partners.

Many religions promote stress-reducing practices that may improve health, such as gratitude, prayer or meditation, this may be also related.

The findings showed that a key personality element related to longevity was the importance placed on conformity to community values and norms. In highly religious cities where conformity was important, religious people tended to live longer than non-religious people. However,  in some cities where people concern too much about everyone conforming to the same norms, there is a spillover effect.







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