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A new study from a Canadian university shows a sense of purpose producing better health and longer lives. But what does it mean to have a “sense of purpose”? Researchers from Carlton University concluded that even in old age those with “purpose and direction” reduced their risk of death in any given year by at least 15 percent.


In reporting this study, National Public Radio listed specific examples of what “purpose” means to people, including “contributing to social change,” “making sure one’s family is happy,” or “creativity… in music, dance or visual arts.”


What did they omit? Any reference to religious faith. For many Americans, probably a majority, serving God helps give focus and meaning to life, and many prior studies show religious practices like Sabbath observance contributing to health and happiness. NPR, however, with its stubborn blind spot toward the role of religion, never even mentions faith as a factor.

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  1. Tsefanya30  •  Aug 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Agree. If the whole nation would love G-d with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength then the world would be a better place to live in.

  2. James M  •  Aug 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    If you want NPR to get excited about religion, you just need to put forth a pastor or other religious leader that supports gay marriage, abortion, government polities to “combat” global warming, etc. They love it when religious people support left wing causes.

  3. Skip O  •  Aug 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Really?!? NPR is godless organization with people led by a godless point of view.

  4. Deanna D'Errico  •  Sep 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    NPR did a 3-minute spot to report (and I emphasize the word REPORT) the results of one researcher’s findings. Did the researcher’s survey include any questions related to religion? I don’t know. But, more important, does the writer of this post know? Do any of the people commenting on it know? Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. If it didn’t (and I’d be surprised if it didn’t–because this person seems to have pretty solid research credentials), that’s on the researcher, not NPR. I find the illogical leap that this post takes truly shocking: Because NPR didn’t mention religion, it is Godless? Really? It wasn’t an opinion piece, it was a NEWS report.

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