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How Religious Community Is Linked to Human Flourishing

Tyler J. VanderWeele:

• An analysis of data from tens of thousands of people found that those who regularly attended religious services were, on average, less likely to become depressed, to smoke, or to drink heavily.

• Regular service attendance was also related to a lower likelihood of dying during a study’s follow-up period.

• People who frequently attend services may benefit from higher life satisfaction, purpose in life, and other indicators of flourishing.

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