Going to church could save your life — no, seriously!
A new study has found that women who worship more than once a week had a 33 percent lower mortality rate than those who stay at home.
“Our results suggest that there may be something important about religious service attendance beyond solitary spirituality,” explained Tyler VanderWeele, a professor of epidemiology at the T.H.Chan School of Public Health at Harvard and author of the study, which was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Part of the benefit seems to be that attending religious services increases social support, discourages smoking, decreases depression, and helps people develop a more optimistic or hopeful outlook on life,” he said.
VanderWeele and his team analyzed data from 1992 to 2012 from the Nurses Health Study and found that of the 74,534 women surveyed, 14,158 went to church more than once a week, 30,401 went weekly, 12,103 went less than once a week, and 17,872 never went.
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