Many atheists seem kinda' angry. Well, a new study says that religious people are happier and give more to charity. So ha! In your face atheists because we're happier than you. (You can't see it but I'm doing my "I'm happier than you dance" which looks something like the Macarena but more hip action.)
Highly religious Americans are happier and more involved with family but are no more likely to exercise, recycle or make socially conscious consumer choicesI've always said I'd make a miserable atheist. Let's face it, if there's no good or evil then all bets are off.
Highly religious adults more engaged with family, more likely to volunteer and happier overallA new Pew Research Center study of the ways religion influences the daily lives of Americans finds that people who are highly religious are more engaged with their extended families, more likely to volunteer, more involved in their communities and generally happier with the way things are going in their lives.
Highly religious adults not distinctive in interpersonal interactions, health, social consciousnessFor example, nearly half of highly religious Americans – defined as those who say they pray every day and attend religious services each week – gather with extended family at least once or twice a month.1 By comparison, just three-in-ten Americans who are less religious gather as frequently with their extended families. Roughly two-thirds of highly religious adults (65%) say they have donated money, time or goods to help the poor in the past week, compared with 41% who are less religious. And 40% of highly religious U.S. adults describe themselves as “very happy,” compared with 29% of those who are less religious.
These differences are found not only in the U.S. adult population as a whole but also within a variety of religious traditions (such as between Catholics who are highly religious and those who are less religious),