Researchers comes up with a study showing relationship between life satisfactions and religion.
It is believed that life satisfaction can be attained only by accepting and appreciation of the almighty god. But the researchers differs, they say that it's the social aspects not the theology or spiritualism which leads to one's life satisfaction, says Chaeyoon Lim, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who led the study.
Their study, "Religion, Social Networks, and Life Satisfaction," Lim and co-author Robert D. Putnam, the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University came to this conclusion by studying the data from the Faith Matters Study.
According to the study, 33 percent of people who attend religious services every week and have three to five close friends in their congregation report that they are "extremely satisfied" with their lives. "Extremely satisfied" is defined as a 10 on a scale ranging from 1 to 10.
In comparison, only 19 percent of people who attend religious services weekly, but who have no close friends in their congregation report that they are extremely satisfied. On the other hand, 23 percent of people who attend religious services only several times a year, but who have three to five close friends in their congregation are extremely satisfied with their lives. Finally, 19 percent of people who never attend religious services, and therefore have no friends from congregation, say they are extremely satisfied with their lives.
The study's findings are applicable to the three main Christian traditions (Mainline Protestant, Evangelical Protestant, and Catholic). Similar patters were also found among Jews and Mormons. There wasn't enough data to know about Muslims or Buddhists.
Src: [American Sociological Association]