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Religious people are said to live longer.

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A nationwide study of obituaries has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/06/one-thing-you-ll-find-in-the-obits-of-many-long-living-people
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Social Psychological and Personal Science published a study today that analyzed more than 1,000 obituaries from around the country. Many studies have also shown that people who volunteer and participate in social activities tend to live longer than others. These studies also reveal that the gender, marital status and the number of volunteer activities plays an important factor as to how religious people live an average of 4 years more than those non-religious people.
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Why do you think religion plays a part in a person's longevity? Do you believe the study to be accurate? Do you think any other factor should be taken into account?
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4 years is a lot! I could believe what the article is saying. Religious people are generally more at peace with themselves. Not worrying too much about what society dictates can ease a lot of burden, which is detrimental to one's overall health.
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People live longer because of healthy lifestyle choices such as abstaining from drinking alcohol or taking drugs or smoking. I don't think religion is the reason for people living longer.

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I think it helps that religious people don't have as many vices as people who don't follow a certain religion. Another way of putting this is that people who have more vices live shorter.
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Having a network of social support, an optimistic attitude, better self-control and a sense of purpose in life may account for the long-life benefits. It is possible that these things make someone live longer and happier.
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I think it happens because religious people who help out are less stress about their lives because they have this output where they feel good about what they are doing.
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Wow, maybe I should start volunteering some more. Seriously though, I don't think this is the only secret since my grandfather is a jerk and he lived to be 90.
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I doubt that volunteerism is the only reason for living longer. This study seems to focus only on the religious aspect so I don't agree with this.
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Many religions promote stress-reducing practices that may improve health, such as gratitude, prayer or meditation. That's something people shouldn't overlook.
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I think it's because doing good things makes people feel good so you're less stressed about life. When you're happy and relaxed, you are more likely to live longer.
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Is there proof really? I think it is people who live honest lives and are mentally at peace with themselves who live longer but bringing religion into one's life span is far-fetched. Religious people don't always mean they are pious and happy.
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I doubt that volunteerism is the only reason for living longer. This study seems to focus only on the religious aspect so I don't agree with this.
I agree! I don't think it's attributed to religion per se. I think it's like what Connor said, it's about feeling good and being happy.
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I always thought that people who are truly religious and good always die early. I believed that God loved them so much that He didn't want them to suffer on Earth any longer.
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