Sunday, January 04, 2015

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Want to be Happy?

    by Reb Gutman Locks    

Want to be Happy?


     If you daven (pray) with a minyan (quorum) the chances are almost twice as great that you will live a very happy life.

     A new study[i] shows again that there is a strong correlation between being religious and personal happiness.

     They found that people who attend religious services on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as "very happy" (45%) than people who never attend (28%).

     Moreover, those who never attend services are twice as likely to say they are "very unhappy" (4%) as those who attend services weekly (2%).

     The study also showed that higher levels of religious attendance "predict higher life satisfaction," even after accounting for how important religious faith is in their lives.

     It showed that attendees are happier than peers with similar levels of involvement in the community, so the joy does not come merely from social support.

     A study some years ago showed that people who daven in a minyan live longer than those who do not.

    Every morning we read[ii] that one of the few Torah precepts that not only gives us a reward in the World to Come, but observing it also allows us to "eat its fruit" (rewards us) in this world is, "early attendance at the House of Study morning and evening." Science is now showing the same thing, at least about joy in this world.

    So here is a proven way to live a longer and happier life: daven in a minyan.

[i] Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

[ii] prayer book


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