Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Church people and self discipline

New research indicates devoutly religious people have an edge on us heathens.

Church people tend to do better in school, live longer, have more satisfying marriages and be generally happier.

After reviewing eight decades of research, two Miami shrinks have concluded that religiosity promotes self control. Devout people were found to be more likely than others to wear seat belts, go to the dentist and take vitamins.

Tough choice: dentist and vitamins versus whiskey and wild sex. Which is more heavenly? I’ll have to think about that. Join me for a drink?

My wantonness notwithstanding, I find the article fascinating. You might, too. Click here and be sure to read all the way to the last paragraph. That’s where I rest my case.

You sure you don’t want a drink?


Jeff Hebert said...

Whenever I read stuff like this, I always quote George Bernard Shaw, who said "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one."

Regardless, good for the religious. I'm always glad to see happy people. Well, unless they're cannibals who are happy because I am about to be lunch, but you get the idea.

Anonymous said...

all well and good, george...but I cannot believe that the man upstairs doesnt want married people, commited people, consenting adults to occasionally knock back a couple or four and finish it off with some nekkid olympics..but that's just me.

have a happy!!!


George Phenix said...

I dunno. It seems the closer I am to getting my obit published, the more I tend to think about this kind of stuff.

The South Plainsman said...

Dunno about the rest of the article, but that Dr. McCullough is very much in error if he thinks religious beliefs are pre-packaged.

He needs to get a Baptist, a Presbyterian, a Catholic and a Methodist in a discussion sometime and see how "pre-packaged" all that is. LOL

At the time of the Conference at Nicea, there were several hundred versions of Christianity. They managed to pare that down, but the number has been expanding again.

My thought is that religion is something personal to the individual, and then the individual associates (or not)with the church that encompasses his or her personal belief. Of course, not everyone views it that way.

Speaking of religion, we are having a big election out here this Spring to determine whether we should have package liquor sales and/or beer and wine sales in town. Now there is only a small "strip" outside of town where one can buy those things. So we have a grand alliance of the churches and the owners of the liquor stores against WalMart and the rest of us. It will be interesting to see who wins. In the past, the grand alliance has won, but so far the polls have the pro-liquor vote ahead 70-30, but the ads about sin have not started. LOL

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