Get me to the church on time

Published May 7, 2020

“Deaths of despair” are on the rise in the U.S., and here’s an inter­est­ing way to cut them: Go to church, syn­a­gogue, mosque, or tem­ple once a week.

People who attend­ed reli­gious ser­vices at least once a week were sig­nif­i­cant­ly less like­ly to die from “deaths of despair,” includ­ing deaths relat­ed to sui­cide, drug over­dose, and alco­hol poisoning.

How does it work?

[R]eligion may be asso­ci­at­ed with strength­ened psy­choso­cial resilience by fos­ter­ing a sense of peace and pos­i­tive out­look, and pro­mot­ing social connectedness.

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