Actively religious people are happier than those who don’t participate in a faith

A separate study published last fall found that religion can help to lessen feelings of loneliness.

‘For the socially disconnected, God may serve as a substitutive relationship that compensates for some of the purpose that human relationships would normally provide,’ said University of Michigan student and lead author Todd Chan at the time the study was published.

The conclusion came from three separate studies involving 19,775 people.

According to the researchers, the feeling of a connection to God may help some people gain ‘a better sense of purpose in life.’