Religious Bent of Mind Cushions the Impact of Stress

by Savitha C Muppala on  August 10, 2011 at 1:07 PM Lifestyle News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

People with a religious bent of mind are happier than those who are not , especially during times of stress, a recent research has revealed.
 Religious Bent of Mind Cushions the Impact of Stress
Religious Bent of Mind Cushions the Impact of Stress

Where peace and plenty are the norm, however, religious participation is lower and people are happier whether or not they are religious, the researchers found.

Study leader Ed Diener, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Illinois who is also a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization, analyzed data from the 2005-2009 Gallup World Poll, a survey of people in more than 150 countries that included questions about religious affiliation, life satisfaction, respect, social support and positive and negative feelings.

The new findings indicate that religiousness and happiness are closely linked to the characteristics of the societies in which people live, he said.

"Circumstances predict religiousness," said University of Illinois emeritus professor of psychology Ed Diener, who led the research.

"Difficult circumstances lead more strongly to people being religious. And in religious societies and in difficult circumstances, religious people are happier than nonreligious people. But in nonreligious societies or more benign societies where many people's needs are met, religious people aren't happier - everyone's happier."

Religious affiliation appears to boost happiness and wellbeing in societies that fail to provide adequate food, jobs, health care, security and educational opportunities, the researchers found.

The same trends can be seen in individual states of the U.S., the researchers found, with more people reporting they are religious in poorer states with fewer social supports, Diener said.

Religious affiliation also seems to boost their wellbeing and positive feelings, compared to their nonreligious compatriots.

The study has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Source: ANI

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Palpitations And Arrhythmias Stress Relief Through Alternative Medicine Stress and the Gender Divide Andropause / Male Menopause Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Heart Attack- Lifestyle Risks Is Your Man Moody? Tired All The Time Women More Prone to Road Rage Quiz on Weight Loss 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

News Category

News Archive

Loading...