A new study from the Gallup Poll has found that America is still a "Religious Nation.”
Over 40 percent of Americans classify themselves as "very religious," meaning they consider religion to be a very important aspect of their lives. They attend a religious service every week, or almost every week.
Over 28 percent of Americans say they’re "moderately religious," saying that religion is important but they don’t regularly attend services.
Thirty-two percent of Americans say they are "nonreligious", meaning that religion isn’t important part of their lives, and they rarely attend religious services.
By the way, the poll indicates that people who attend church usually have better moods than those who don't.
Frank Newport of the Gallup organization says the more you go to church, the less likely you are to have negative emotions.
The poll asked over 300,000 people this question: "Did you experience anger yesterday, stress yesterday, happiness yesterday or joy yesterday?”
The study found that emotions seem to be based on the days of the week. People who attend church on a regular basis are happiest on Sunday.
Newport says the study sends the message--- “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life -- go to church frequently”.
I’m not surprised by this finding, but I would add that the type of church you attend may directly impact your level of happiness. You can find some good advice on finding a healthy church in the book “Safe People” by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.