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Religion can make us happier

September 8, 2011

[The Chicago Tribune – “The Seeker” column – newsblogs.chicagotribune.com]  By Shirley Paulsen CS

The mind-bending conclusions of a University of Illinois study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology may offer new clues as to the purpose of religion in human experience and the link between religion and happiness.

Apparently people are less happy in poor countries, which tend to be more religious; the more irreligious countries (and states) are happier and healthier; and yet religious individuals tend to be happier and healthier in the poor countries.

Viewing my own religious experience in this context, I see how good practices in religion can make a difference for the world we live in. My best religious practice makes me happier, not so much for what I get, but for what I learn to give and be. Read story»

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