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While there are many different religions and paths people use to find God, research has shown that those who are more religious, those who believe in God or a higher power, experience many benefits to their health and wellbeing. Learn more about how 'God Power' can lead to less stress, improved health, and a better life.

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February 26, 2007 at 9:42 am
(1) Daniele says:

I’m a strong atheist. I am a very happy individual, with a positive outlook on life and little stress in my life.
Although I hope to lead a long, healthy life, I have no fear of death whatsoever. This goes for most atheist I know.
I communicate with alot of different people and am well aware of the fact that everyone copes with stress and health problems differently, but in my experience this is not related to religion or spirituality. Talking to people, I’ve noticed that people who consider themselves to be spiritual or religious complain about the same health problems and experience a similar amount of stress in their lives than atheists.

February 26, 2007 at 12:51 pm
(2) stress says:

Don’t worry; this article isn’t to say that all athiests fear death and have health problems while no religious people do. The research just says that, as a whole, religious people TEND to have the benefits mentioned in the article in a greater proportion than do people who aren’t religious or spiritual. It’s a numbers trend. For example, prayer and meditation have been shown to have health and stress management benefits, and those who are religious or spiritual tend to do that more often, in addition to other activities that non-religious/spiritual people engage in. Social support has been found to have positive health benefits, and going to a place of worship provides people with one more community of like-minded people to draw from in addition to the regular groups that non-religious/spiritual people have access to, etc. So, this isn’t to say that you personally are unhappy or unhealthy because of your beliefs, or to say the same about specific people in your life, just that there’s a measurable trend toward health, etc., in those who have these resources in addition to their regular options. Thanks for sharing your experience and bringing up this important point.

February 26, 2007 at 3:07 pm
(3) bunnyhater says:

I know plently of religious folks who use thier faith to justify everything to the point that it assists them in their ignorant bliss. I suppose if that’s how they achieve a low-stress life, then that’s great. However, being an agnostic myself, I find the ponderance of religion and spirituality itself very stressful. What if there really is a god and I’m going to burn in hell?? God, I need a Valium. LOL.

February 26, 2007 at 3:48 pm
(4) OfficeGruntelda says:

I think this is a great article, and one that I really needed right now as I’m going through some stressful times and it reminds me that my spirituality is a great tool for me to escape a lot of that. Thanks for the great advice, once again!!!

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