Posts tagged ‘atheists’
Okay, so maybe it isn’t a direct health hazard to be atheist, but studies show that theism could be conducive to better mental and physical health. For instance, consider the following finding made by the Mayo Clinic in 2001:
Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed published studies, meta-analyses, systematic reviews and subject reviews that examined the association between religious involvement and spirituality and physical health, mental health, health-related quality of life and other health outcomes. The authors report a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.
As far as mental health and atheism is concerned, the following statement was made by the University of Warwick in 2003:
Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: “Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier…