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Study finds friends at church make faith more satisfying
Having friends at church contributes to happiness, a study has found. Led by Chaeyoon Lim, a sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it suggests that religionâ€™s part in making people happy may have more to do with friends than with faith.
Using data from the Faith Matters Study, a survey of U.S. adults conducted in 2006 and 2007, Lim and his colleagues found that 33 percent of people who attended religious services every week and reported having close friends at church said they were extremely satisfied with their lives. Only 19 percent of those who went to church but had no close connections to the congregation reported the same satisfaction....