According to a US study, regular attendance at religious services is associated with a more optimistic outlook, a lesser inclination to be depressed and less cynical outlook on life compared to those who do not attend services at all. People who attended services more than once a week were 56% more likely to range above the median score of optimism and 22% less likely to be depressed.
Religious participation reduces the risk of mortality. It helps in promoting an individual's psychological and physical health by calming people in stressful times, creating meaningful social interactions and help curtail bad habits.
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