Religious Americans Experience Greater Well-Being

A recent Gallup report suggests a statistically significant relationship between religiosity (measured in part by frequency of church/synagogue/mosque attendance) and the well-being of an individual. The same results were yielded even after controlling for various demographic factors, such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Gallup’s Well-Being index is composed of six groups, among them the Emotional Health Index and Work Environment Index. In 5 out of 6 of these indices, religious individuals scored higher than nonreligious individuals, while the Physical Health Index was the only sub-group in which nonreligious individuals outperformed their religious counterparts.
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