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Happiness and Lifestyle among Conservative Christians

Happiness and Lifestyle among Conservative Christians

Chapter:
(p.150) Ten Happiness and Lifestyle among Conservative Christians
Source:
The Truth about Conservative Christians
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226306759.003.0010

This chapter tests the hypothesis that religious people are happier than people who have neither companionship nor faith. It shows that religion per se is the causal factor in religious peoples' greater happiness; it cannot be sloughed off as a consequence of correlated but substantively irrelevant factors. Adherence to the Bible principles in the Bible-oriented Conservative Protestant denominations also increases happiness. Active and affective religiosity are the catalysts for happiness. Passive belief has no effect. Attendance accounts for the relationship between affiliation and attendance in the United States. Feeling close to God and finding strength and comfort in one's religion explains about half of the relationship between attendance and happiness.

Keywords:   religion, religious people, happiness, Conservative Protestants, religiosity, faith

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