The idea of religion has been one that has existed since the invention of writing around 3,000 BC. The religious groups in the world with the most adherents in order are: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, and Confucianism. Only 11% of the worlds population consider themselves non-religious and only 2% consider themselves atheist (Religion, 2008). Religion has been the scapegoat of many wars and conflicts throughout history. The Crusades for example, were military campaigns where the Christians in Europe went to war with primarily Muslims. The point of all of it was to capture the holy land of Jerusalem.
[...] It gives them a sense of community and belonging, which is often all a person needs to start down the path towards happiness and healthy psychological well-being. Tables and Results and Survey: Means piness igiousity Deviation Christian Deviation Deviation Deviation Deviation Deviation Correlations for All Subjects LevelOfHap LevelOfRel piness igiousity ss Correlation usity Correlation Only Catholic Data Correlations LevelOfHap LevelOfRel piness igiousity ss Correlation usity Correlation Non-Catholic Chrisitian Data Correlations LevelOfHap LevelOfRel piness igiousity ss Correlation usity Correlation Jewish Data Correlations LevelOfHap LevelOfRel piness igiousity ss Correlation usity Correlation Survey Given to Subjects: 1. [...]
[...] 4. What is your GPA? 5. Do you have a job? 6. What is your weekly/monthly salary? 7.What is your religious affiliation? 8. How often do you frequent your place of worship? 9. Have you ever participated in your neighborhood place of worship besides weekly services? 10. If yes, what have you done? (Baptism, communion, Bar Mitzvah, etc.) 11. On a scale of 1-10 how religious is your family? 12. On a scale of 1-10 how religious are you? 13. [...]
[...] Which is the hardest day of the week? 14. Which day of the week are you happiest? 15. Where is your emotional state usually? happy d)stressed content depressed neutral 16. Do you consider yourself a happy person? 17. Does your religion make you happier? 18. Do you believe that another religion would make you just as happy? 19. Do you believe that people in your religion are happier than those in different religions? 20. Which religion do you believe has the happiest people? [...]
[...] While some religions had higher mean scores for happiness and religiosity, there was no correlation between the measured level of happiness and measured level of religiosity. There are several factors that account for this result. First, there are so many factors that are involved in a person's happiness. To say that one belief will create happiness immediately is foolish. Socio-economic status, interpersonal relationships, and performance in work/school all affect a person's peceived sense of happiness. Secondly, the sample size is too small to show any real significance. [...]
[...] The rest of the question involve their religious affiliation as well as their perceived level of happiness and whether they believe their religion affects their happiness. Procedure: The study was conducted on campus at American University. The subjects were recruited in either the library or Mary Graydon Center. This allowed for a diverse range of students and this way no one would be able to back out of the study. After explaining the purpose of the study to the participants and asking if they would like to participate, the participants had to fill out a twenty-question survey. [...]
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