New study shows going to church is good for your health
Logos Post News Desk
(Nashville, TN) A new study shows that going to church is actually good for your physical and spiritual health, according to a professor at Vanderbilt University.
Of the 5,449 adults who participated in the survey, professor Marino Bruce, the associate director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health, says flexing your spiritual muscles is good for your overall well being. Bruce found in his study that those who attend a religious services tend to live longer and are overall less stressed than those who do not.
"We found in our study that actually attending church is actually good for your health, particularly for those who are between the ages of 40 and 65," explained Bruce. “Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity -- as determined by attendance at worship services -- is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity,” Bruce said.
Bruce, a Baptist minister and professor at Vanderbilt explained via video, "Any place of worship, any place where people gather to worship. It's not only about a particular faith, its about any faith,"
"Middle age adults who attended church actually reduced their risk for mortality by 55%," explained Bruce who developed a statistical model to analyse the data.
"By being in a place where you can flex those spiritual muscles are beneficial for your health."
Other findings in the study included the importance of compassion and the feeling that you are doing good, or having empathy for others and holiness. Bruce explained that holiness or being a part of something bigger than yourself contributed to the health and wellness of people surveyed.