Natural lifespan in humans can be affected by a number of factors, in addition to overall health – gender, marital status, and, according to a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, religious affiliation.
Researchers at The Ohio State University in Columbus analyzed more than 1,000 obituaries from throughout the United States and found that people with religious ties lived about four years longer, on average, than those without a religious affiliation.
According to the researchers, part of the reason for this increased longevity is that people with religious ties are more likely to volunteer and belong to social organizations. It also may be due in part to personality traits associated with being spiritual, healthy lifestyles that are promoted by many organized religions, and stress reduction techniques like prayer and meditation.
Sourced from: Ohio State University