Vanderbilt Professor Proves Church Worship Extends Life
A new research study by Vanderbilt University professor Marino Bruce proves that going to church may make people live longer. Those who attend religious services are less stressed, regardless of which religious practice they attend.
The associate director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Research on Men’s Health posted a video on the university’s YouTube channel that also said going to church can drastically help your health.
“We found in our study that actually attending church in good for your health, particularly for those who are between the ages of 40 and 65,” said Bruce, who is also a Baptist minister.
Public Surveys Discuss Church-Goers Mortality
USA Today reports:
“Bruce, a social and behavioral scientist, is a primary author of the study along with Keith Norris, a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The study has nine other co-authors, too.”
“I’m ordained clergy so I’m always about what do we mean by our spiritual health. Does spiritual health matter with respect to biological outcomes?” Bruce said.”
“The researchers used publicly available data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which is collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, for the study. They filtered the data set, finding 5,449 participants of both sexes and all races.“
Studies Check Worship, Attendance, Stress Levels
Within the survey, the participant’s results analyzed their worship attendance, but also their mortality and allostatic load, which refers to physiological levels, meaning that higher allostatic loads equal more stress.
Bruce also said, “While churches are places where people can get social support, we actually found that and began to think about whether compassion is particularly important — feeling that you’re doing good or having empathy for others.”