Not too long ago a friend and I were discussing various aspects of our recovery from being in and leaving the JW cult.
As part of that discussion, he asked me a question that I had wondered about several years before (while I was still a kool-aid drinking elder), but had dismissed it because it caused me too much cognitive dissonance. I had seen an article in a magazine (I think it was New Yorker, but can't be sure) that claimed that religious people were happier than those that were not. This was, of course, very confusing to me at the time because I found it hard to believe that people that were in "false religions" could be happier than us. You remember: "We're Jehovah's Witnesses," and we are "the happiest people on earth!"
So I left it alone for a while, because it just didn't compute. It couldn't compute while I was still trying to believe WT theology.
Fast forward to the present ... when my friend brought the subject up more recently ... and I was not only ready, but actually eager to consider and discuss the subject, this time at some depth.
The question is this:
Are Religious People Happier?
Since my friend and I had the discussion I have done quiet a bit of research, contemplation and self-reflection on the subject. For those that are interested, I am linking an essay which I have written on the subject:
Although I would appreciate any and all that read my essay--and I welcome your comments, feedback and suggestions, don't feel like you have to read my essay to post on this thread. I'm just curious to hear your thoughts on the subject. That alone would make me happy.