Want to live an ex­tra six years? You’ve gotta have faith!

Daily Mail - - News - By Rosie Tay­lor

BE­ING ac­tively re­li­gious could add more than six years to your life, a study sug­gests.

Re­searchers be­lieve the so­cial as­pect of a re­li­gious com­mu­nity could im­prove well-be­ing, and said re­li­gious rules pro­hib­ited un­healthy be­hav­iours and pro­moted pos­i­tive ac­tiv­ity amongst the faith­ful. In the study, led by Ohio State Univer­sity and pub­lished in the jour­nal So­cial Psy­cho­log­i­cal and Per­son­al­ity Science, psy­chol­o­gists ex­am­ined two sets of obit­u­ar­ies: 1,096 from US na­tional news­pa­pers and 505 from a lo­cal news­pa­per in Iowa. The re­sults of the anal­y­sis of the lo­cal news­pa­per found peo­ple whose obit­u­ar­ies men­tioned re­li­gion lived for 6.48 years longer on av­er­age than those whose memo­ri­als did not.

The sec­ond anal­y­sis, of na­tional news­pa­pers, found those of re­li­gious faith lived for an av­er­age of 3.82 years longer, once gen­der and mar­i­tal sta­tus were con­sid­ered.

Co-au­thor Dr Bald­win Way said: ‘The study pro­vides per­sua­sive ev­i­dence that there is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween re­li­gious par­tic­i­pa­tion and how long a per­son lives.’

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