Study Reveals Benefits of Regularly Attending Church

SPAIN — A new scientific study speaks to us about the benefits that attending church regularly brings to a person’s life. These benefits range from increasing lifespan to improvements in physical health.

A new scientific study suggests that regular church attendance can help increase their useful life. Researchers analyzed the data of nearly 75,000 middle-aged nurses in the United States as part of the Health Study of Nurses.

Volunteers answered questions about whether they regularly attended religious services and about other aspects of their lives in recent years.

Specialists found that women who went to church more than once a week had a 33% lower risk of dying during the study period compared to those who said they never attended.

Women who regularly attended religious services also had higher rates of social support and optimism, had lower rates of depression, and were less likely to smoke.

“Participation and assistance could promote self-discipline and a sense of meaning and purpose in life, or it could provide an experience of the transcendent,” said Tyler J. Vanderbilt, professor of epidemiology at Harvard University.

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