So, I was reading my Good Housekeeping magazine today and one of the articles was about ways to live longer. I was surprised to find that one of their tips was "Say a Prayer".
They found that older people who attend religious services once a week are 46 percent less likely to die over six years then people who go to services less often. They further said that having a belief system provides comfort and improves health.
Other believers know the feeling of peace that comes from knowing that God promised that everything would work out, or any of his other promises. Seeing prayer at work keeps our hope alive and also the ability to lay all of our stresses and concerns on him probably keeps our health good simply because of the lack of stress.
The article ended with an encouragement to those who are not part of a church to start going even if they don't believe it because it is so beneficial.
Besides being excited about the fact we have better odds for a longer life, I also was really excited to see even a secular magazine encouraging people to attend church. I hope people really take the article to heart and find the truth, and not a substitute.