The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Got the blues? Go to church

A study in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that — at least for some postmenopausal women — there's a link between optimism and attendance at religious services.

"We looked at the religious practices of nearly 100,000 women and ... found a strong connection between going to church or synagogue or any other house of worship and a positive outlook on life," said Eliezer Schnall, clinical associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva University, New York.

Those who attended services frequently were 56 percent more likely to have an optimistic outlook than those who didn't, and were 27 percent less likely to be depressed.


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