Religious people live four years longer than atheists, study finds

Religious people live four years longer than atheists, study finds, by Mia de Graaf.

Church-goers appear to live up to four years longer than atheists, at least according to an analysis of 1,000 obituaries published across the United States.

The Ohio State psychology researchers behind the study insist there is merit to the connection: people with religious affiliations often volunteer and engage in social activities throughout their lives – something routinely tied to longer lifespan.

But they found that this socializing only appeared to boost longevity by a year at most – suggesting other elements of religious life, such as low alcohol intake, could contribute. …

Dr Baldwin Way, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State who co-authored the study, … said that, while the findings may sound like tosh to atheists, there was a correlation they couldn’t ignore.

‘The study provides persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives,’ he said.

Religiosity at its core is about more contact between the conscious and unconscious minds. Encouraging those connections could only help an individual’s path through life. Maybe no supernatural explanation is required.