Religion may hold unexpected health and longevity benefits.
Although the reason for this remains a mystery, it’s a known fact that women tend to live longer than men.
In the United States, women might live to 81.2 years, on average, whereas men have a life expectancy of just 76.4 years.
As well as sex, researchers are unearthing more and more factors that have the potential to prolong our lives.
Could religion have the same effect on our lifespan? New research suggests so. Researchers led by Laura Wallace, a doctoral researcher in psychology at the Ohio State University in Columbus, have conducted two studies whose results show that religion could give believers a 4-year longevity boost.
The findings were published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.