Religion linked to happy life

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.

This is not the first study to draw links between religion and happiness, with a belief among many psychologists that some factor in either belief, or its observance, offering benefits.

Professor Clark, from the Paris School of Economics, and co-author Dr Orsolya Lelkes from the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, used information from household surveys to analyse the attitudes of Christians – both Catholic and Protestant – not only to their own happiness, but also to issues such as unemployment.

Their findings, they said, suggested that religion could offer a “buffer” which protected from life’s disappointments.

Professor Clark said: “We originally started the research to work out why some European countries had more generous unemployment benefits than others, but our analysis suggested that religious people suffered less psychological harm from unemployment than the non-religious.

“They had higher levels of life satisfaction”.

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2 Responses to Religion linked to happy life

  1. Bilbo says:

    Professor Clark said: “We originally started the research to work out why some European countries had more generous unemployment benefits than others,….

    I’m curious what they found out about this.

  2. DATCG says:

    Bilbo,

    Good question.

    “…but our analysis suggested that religious people suffered less psychological harm from unemployment than the non-religious.”

    Longer term unemployment for less Christian nations? Just guessing. I’m not sure which nations in Europe are very religious anymore in the West.

    In France, students get hired and cannot be fired. Like our federal employment or union systems here, protest erupt if companies try to downsize or fire someone. As a result, Employers do not like hiring young people. They cannot get rid of them if bad workers.

    A law to allow better job employment regulations for ease of firing inefficient workers caused riots by the youth and college students. The law was originally passed due to riots from youth immigrants high unemployment rate of 40%. Normal unemployment rate is at 20% for indigenous french youth. Immigrants and others exist for years on the unemployment dole. Free housing and evidently lots of anger.

    I’m curious if the Muslim religion is happier too.

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