Faith Improves Mental Health Outcomes; Study Says

posted by Claudia Mendoza - 

Harvard Study says faith improves mental health outcomes.

There is a common thread that runs through well-intended people across the ideological spectrum today. Mental health issues are a top concern. Brought into focus through numerous mass shootings in recent years, across every age group, gender, ethnic background and ideological tendency. We are concerned about identifying, treating and restricting access to weapons. Clearly, the best of all solutions would be to reduce mental illness in our society generally.  

For more than 20 years I’ve voiced a belief that plays directly into this story. The further removed God is from our society, the worse the outcomes are and regardless of one’s religious views, society benefits from the tenants of faith, even atheists. Harvard just completed a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology demonstrating power results. Here’s your headline. Children raised with religious activity have better physical and mental health as they age. 

Here are a few highlights. By the age of 20, those raised with religious practices average being 18% happier, 30% more likely to help others and 33% less likely to engage in substance abuse. What’s more is that those who fared best were those who prayed daily. In other words, having faith in one’s life in any capacity provided benefit, the more involved with one’s faith one was, the greater the benefit. 

This isn’t to say that if all children were raised in religious upbringings we would end all mental health issues but it’s evident it would have the potential to be an enormous catalyst. Remarkably, an accredited Harvard study on the biggest concern in our society today, has largely been ignored by news media and education establishments. This study was published a week ago. I found it doing my own research yesterday. 

Once again, the most pervasive form of bias is omitting information. Tomorrow I’ll bring you part two of this story, demonstrating the connection between the removal of God, faith, from our society and the increase in mental health issues in our society. Stay tuned! 

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