The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. All of these are positive effects of religion that are hard to reproduce with secular systems. While reasonable protections are welcomed, they should respect the healthy separation between government and religion that allows religion to thrive.
Read More. The findings, reported in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that a religious person would get a happiness boost in devout Turkey, but see no benefits in secular Sweden. This conviction made life easier for her.
So far, God has not eradicated a single illness from this world. Furthermore, the very act of thanking may also have positive psychological effects.
In other words, the researchers wrote, thinking of God could be either a burden or boon for self-control, depending on what part of your life you're trying to master.