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Survey: People active in Church are happier than inactive members

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A new Pew Research Center survey has found that people who are active in Church tend to be happier and more civically engaged than either religiously unaffiliated adults or inactive members.

Analysis of the survey data also indicated that active participants in Church also tend to smoke and drink less, but they are not-healthier in terms of exercise frequency and rates of obesity.

Pew Research Center based in Washington, D.C. provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the world.

The researchers noted that active members of congregations enjoy the benefits of social connections, friendship, and community.

“Those who frequently attend a house of worship may have more people they can rely on for information and help during both good and bad times,” the report said.

Findings were conducted using data from the United States and more than two dozen other countries.

The countries analyzed were mostly Christian-majority nations in Europe and the Americas (because these countries tend to have substantial unaffiliated populations), though the analysis also included a few African and Asian countries and territories, such as South Africa, South Korea and Japan.

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