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Want to be less stressed and live longer? Vanderbilt study says go to church

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--New research conducted by Vanderbilt University's Center for Research on Men's Health (CRMH) found people who attend services at a church, synagogue or mosque are less stressed and live longer lives.

Research by social behavioral scientist and CRMH associate director Marino Bruce and other researchers finds middle-aged adults --ages 40 to 65-- who attend worship services reduce their mortality risk by 55 percent.

Of the over 5,000 people studied, churchgoers who attended a service at least once a year comprised 64% of participants. When compared against non-churchgoers, the non-churchgoers had a higher prevalence of high-risk values for 3 of the 10 stress markers.

Churchgoers who attended more than once a week saw benefits in mortality risks. Those attendees showed a 55% reduction in all-cause mortality risk compared with non-churchgoers. The study found non-churchgoers spent more time seeking social support from family, friends, relatives, and neighbors than churchgoers did.

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Researchers believe churchgoers showed the decreased risks of stress and mortality due to an association with feelings of compassion, generosity, and a feeling of purpose in life.

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