Going to church can help tackle depression more than charity work, sport or education, a new study has found. Researchers found joining a religious organisation was the best way of combating
the condition. The study did not find any short-term benefits from sports and participation in other social activities.
Experts at the London School of Economics (LSE) could not say whether it was having a faith that caused the beneficial effect, or if it was simply because it gave people a sense of belonging. Their analysis of 9,000 Europeans aged 50-plus involved looking at different levels of social activity and how they influenced people’s moods. LSE epidemiologist Dr Mauricio Avendano said, “The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life,” he said.
The study, carried out in collaboration with Erasmus University Medical Centre (Erasmus MC) in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is published in the American Journal of Epidemiolog.
Source: Premier News
Bible Study: Psalm 133:1-3
PRAISE God that this study shows the truth of His Word: that there is real blessing when His people live together in harmony.