Religion & Human Life

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Religion & Human life
What is the general impact of religion on people's well-being? How does being religious or non-religious impact our health? Our "happiness"? Our livelihood? Are answers to these questions matter different depending on which religion one affiliates with?
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How does religious affect us?
Religious affliliation affects our health because it affects our mental state. According to Seward Hiltner, "attitude and feelings (which we think of as psychological) profoundly affect muscles and body fluids (which we think of as physiological), for better or for worse, for illness or for health." Religion is strongly associated with feelings of either fear or faith, which are opposite of one another. Fear can drice out faith and faith can drive out fear. Psychological issues like deeply ingrained fear can induce or prolong illness, so research is being done to find out if the same is true in reverse.
Religious affiliation plays a role in the distribution of wealth in the United States. People affiliated with the Jewish faith tend to have the most wealth while those who consider themselves protestant have the least. Other denominations of Christianity and Catholicism tend to fall in the middle.
"The religious beliefs children learn in their families translate into educational attainment, adult occupations, financial literacy, social connections, and other factors that influence adult wealth ownership -Lisa Keiser
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