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If you're planning on a church funeral when you die, a new study suggests you can delay it by up to 3.1 years if you attend church regularly as opposed to waiting for a priest or pastor to say final words over your casket.
Daniel Hall, a Pittsburgh medical doctor and Episcopal priest, has published the results of a "meta-analysis" â€“ a study of previous studies â€“ in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine that "demonstrates a robust but small association" between weekly attendance at religious services and a longer life....
I would suppose the alternative for many people would be sit down before the t.v., with a beer and potato chips on Sunday, instead of going to church? Or perhaps many people walk to church and get some needed exercise that way?
In the really big picture it's a person's spiritual health that should be worked on. I hope that going to church would improve that. It's the afterlife one has to worry about. If there are side benefits in this life in going to church well and good, but being righteous did not help Job's physical state during part of his life.