The Journey to happiness begins in church. At least that is the finding from
a survey just released by Pew Research (Article: www.tinyurl.com/TRC-PewHappy).
After analyzing surveys from the U.S. and 25 other countries, Pew Research
published their results January 31 with this conclusion, “Church participation
leads to more happiness and civic engagement.”
Further, “This analysis finds that in the U.S. and many other countries around the world, regular participation in a religious community clearly is linked with higher levels of happiness and civic engagement.”
Interestingly, they further note, “Religious affiliation without participation does
not lead to the same positive outcomes.” In other words, having your name
on the roll without attending is of little value to you or the congregation.
One conclusion from the study is that, “Societies with declining levels of
religious engagement, like the U.S., could be at risk for declines in personal
and societal well-being,”
Pew defines active religious engagement as, “Those who identify with a religious group and attend church services at least monthly.”
In the U.S. 36% of actively religious people state, they are VERY happy
compared to 25% of inactive religious people and 25% of those unaffiliated
with any religious group.
The research also found that those who attend services are also more engaged
in their communities and more likely to volunteer than those who do not regularly
This research provides evidence that being in small groups and worship
on a regular basis not only makes the Lord happy, but the individual as well.
This gives me even more reason to say, “See you Sunday!”