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Study: Children happier for being spiritual

from Canwest News Service

Newly published research from the University of British Columbia finds that spirituality -- a personal belief in a higher power -- is strongly linked to the happiness of children ages eight to 12, but religiousness -- practices such as attending church -- is not. The original study was conducted with relatively affluent, predominantly Caucasian and Christian children in B.C., but it’s just been repeated with children in the very different milieu of New Delhi, and lead author Mark Holder, an associate professor of psychology at UBC's Okanagan campus, says preliminary analysis shows the same surprising results. more

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