"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
So it comes as no surprise that research suggests that, A belief in God could lead to a more contented life. Believers are better able to cope with life's adversity:
Religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a job or divorce, claims the study presented to a Royal Economic Society conference.
They derive greater satisfaction from life:
HT: Tom Gilson
Data from thousands of Europeans revealed higher levels of "life satisfaction" in believers.
And there are multiple studies providing these positive linkages:
This is not the first study to draw links between religion and happiness, with a belief among many psychologists that some factor in either belief, or its observance, offering benefits.
And there is this:
"What we found was that religious people were experiencing current day rewards, rather than storing them up for the future."
You don't have to wait for the afterlife. But prejudice is stubbornly irrational:
"The belief that religion damages people is still in the minds of many."
Then there are the usual curmudgeons:
Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, which represents the interests of atheists and agnostics, said that studies purporting to show a link between happiness and religion were "all meaningless".
"Non-believers can't just turn on a faith in order to be happy.
You're right about faith Terry Sanderson. It's not a fleeting feeling but an anchor that steadies a ship amidst stormy seas.