A study in “Annals of Epidemiology” found that people who attend religious services tend to be healthier than those who do not. And those we attend weekly have a lower risk of death than those who never attend a service at all. There is much scientific evidence coming out that links spirituality and both mental and physical health. The Journal of Affective Disorders reported lower suicide rates among people who regularly attend religious services. There are many reasons for these findings. Some say that people who are more religious take better care of themselves, they are less likely to smoke or drink, and they see their doctors on a regular basis. Another reason is that people who attend a place of worship, whether it is a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, are more socially integrated. They have a support system of friends and a community to help them cope with the stresses of life. And of course, there is the whole mind, body, and spirit connection. When we work on one, then the others improve as well. Whether we spend time in prayer, meditation, or attending a religious service, these activities help us to feel better, and have a more positive outlook on life.
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