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A new analysis from the Harvard School of Public Health reports on a powerful pattern of behavior that produces substantial benefits in terms of increased longevity, enhanced physical and emotional well-being and, especially, greater marital stability.

Confirming many other previous studies, Professor Tyler J. VanderWeele shows that those who attend religious services regularly suffer much lower rates of early mortality, depression and divorce, reporting higher levels of marital and personal satisfaction. Dr. VanderWeele doesn’t speculate about the supernatural efficacy of prayer, but his research does cite the communal support provided by religious institutions, and the impact of faith-based teachings in encouraging us to value the welfare of others.

In the holiday season when even the unchurched like to show up for services, the Harvard study shows that public worship can bring benefits during the rest of the year as well.

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  1. julius streeter  •  Dec 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    agree withprofessoer t.j. Vanderwelle that the faith community of committed believrs produces more intergrated and cvompassionate people than faithless people generally but values are universal even where religious beliefs vary, do not lie, do not steal do not be lazy.

  2. C. Elaine  •  Dec 10, 2016 at 8:39 am

    It is my prayer that the truths revealed in the Harvard School of Public Health report will encourage the people of this nation to realize the importance of faith in God and in each other. Through God's grace and guidance, we can become the best version of ourselves and reach out in genuine caring to others during this holiday season and beyond.

  3. Pat Allen  •  Dec 10, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    It is sad that some elements of the liberal left not only don't believe in a higher power, but actively make fun of those that do and go on to portray them as ignorant hillbilly's for going to church. It is nice that there are some practical benefits to church attendance. My cardinal rule is to never make fun of a man's religion, whatever that may be, as long as it isn't a cult that actively harms or takes advantage of people… like the Jim Jones cult or radical Islam.

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