Azara Blog: Religious people are allegedly happier

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Date published: 2008/03/18

The BBC says:

A belief in God could lead to a more contented life, research suggests.

Religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a job or divorce, claims the study presented to a Royal Economic Society conference.

Data from thousands of Europeans revealed higher levels of "life satisfaction" in believers.

However, researcher Professor Andrew Clark said other aspects of a religious upbringing unrelated to belief may influence future happiness.

What is meant by the last paragraph is that all Clark is claiming is that he has found a correlation, not a causation. And even worse, happiness is so subjective, it's quite possible that the prejudices of the researchers biased the analysis. On the other hand, you could also argue that religion is like a drug, and some drugs do cause people to be happier.

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