Do you believe in religions? Then this may be a good news for you. Religious people lifespan is longer than the atheist.
A study of Obituaries in the U.S has found that the lifespan of religious people may live on average 4 years longer as compared to their atheist peers.
The four-year boost was being analyzed over 1,000 obits from around the U.S. taking into account marital status of those who died, two factors that have strong effects on lifespan.
Religious affiliation had a strong effect on longevity, a matter of adding life to years added by Laura Wallace, a doctoral student at the Ohio University.
The partial reason for boosting of longevity lies in the fact that religiously affiliated people volunteered and belonged to social organizations, which previous research has linked to living longer.
The study has vivid evidence about the direct relationship between religious participation and lifespan of a person.
The first study involved 505 obituaries published in the ‘DesMoines Register’ in January and February 2012.
Apart from age factor, researchers also documented on any religious affiliation of those who are dead, marital status and number of social and volunteer activities listed.
The result revealed that those who are listed as religious affiliation lived 9.45 years longer than those who did not.
The Second study included 1,096 obituaries from 42 major cities in the US.
In this study, it has been found that people whose obits mentioned a religious affiliation lived an average of 5.64years longer than those who did not.
It shrunk to 3.82 years after consideration of gender and marital status.
Not only social events and volunteering can extend lifespan, the researchers believed that lifestyle guidelines such as abstaining from drinking alcohol, taking drugs, as well as doing prayers and meditation also help to a great extent.
Religious people lifespan is longer than the atheist. Research on the lifespan of religious people is the latest one. In 2016, a study published in the journal JAMA International Medicine suggested that religious services can extend lifespan.