America: Science Proves, Yet Again, That People Of Faith Live Longer Than Secularists

Lifestyle factors, such as abstinence—both with regards to sex and alcohol—along with prosocial behaviors, such as volunteering, were found to be only partly responsible for the gains, leaving researchers wanting to do further studies.

Churchgoing may be on the decline, but lapsed congregants have new reason to attend services. Why, you may ask? Because religious affiliation can increase lifespan by a handful of years, even when gender and marital status are taken into consideration, a new study finds.

Researchers at Ohio State University recently conducted an analysis of over 1,600 obituaries across two related studies, hoping to find whether religiosity helped promote longevity. It did, with the average congregant living four extra years.

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