Results and interpretations of research into the relative happiness of religious and non-religious people differ. Research in the United States has shown that religious people are generally happier, but comparative studies of different countries in North-America and Europe seem to indicate that it is more a question of belonging to a group, rather than the actual religious or spiritual practice.

It has also been shown that religious activities such as praying, trigger a unique part of the brain that is not active during any other activity.

See also what Wikipedia has to say about the correlation between hapiness and religious involvement.

Last modified on 16 June 2011, at 18:41