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  • Love, faith or social foci? Happiness, religion, and social networks in Sweden.
    Edling, Christopher, and Jens Bohman Rydgren (2014)
    European Sociological Review 30:5: 615-626.

    Associated Search Terms: Happiness; Sweden; Network; Social support
  • Cross-national analysis of the influence of cultural norms and government restrictions on the relationship between religion and well-being.
    Hayward, R. David, and Marta Elliott (2014)
    Review of Religious Research 56:1: 23-43.

    Analyzes 5 waves (1981-2008) of World Values Survey data. Self-reported religion predicts happiness & self-reported health where religion is freely practiced, but it is harmful where there are religious restrictions & religion is deemed deviant.

    Associated Search Terms: Deviance/social control; Well-being; Health; Happiness
  • Discovering a Blissful Island: Religious Involvement and Happiness in Taiwan.
    Liu, Eric Y., Harold G. Koenig, and Dedong Wei (2012)
    Sociology of Religion 73:1: 46-68.

    Analyzes 2004 survey data from Taiwan. Beliefs differ in their relationship with happiness, depending on content. Some kinds of prayer correlate positively with happiness; practice is unrelated to it. Belief in God moderates effects of stress.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Practice; Taiwan; Happiness; Stress; Prayer
  • Religiosity and altruism: Exploring the link and its relation to happiness.
    Pessi, Anne Birgitta (2011)
    Journal of Contemporary Religion 26:1: 1-18.

    Based on survey & interview data. Religion & altruism are often linked, sometimes not. Explores the experience of the link.

    Associated Search Terms: Happiness; Altruism
  • Religious Attendance and Happiness: Examining Gaps in the Current Literature--A Research Note.
    Childs, Ellen (2010)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:3: 550-560.

    Analyzes 1998 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; perceived relationship with God is more strongly related to happiness than is social cohesion. Analyzes 1987-88 & 1992-94 interview panel data from U.S. households; attendance affects happiness more than happiness affects attendance.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Social support; Practice; God, emotions toward; Happiness
  • Religion and Social Problems. Individual and Institutional Responses.
    Pessi, Anne Birgitta (2009)
    In Peter B. Clarke (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 942-961.

    Associated Search Terms: Social problem; Happiness
  • Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations can Tell Us About Contentment.
    Zuckerman, Phil (2008)
    New York: New York University Press.

    Based on interviews in Denmark & Sweden. The relative absence of religion & social problems or individual anxiety refutes macro & micro functionalist explanations of religion. Speaks of cultural religion--occasional observance without belief.

    Associated Search Terms: Sweden; Secularism; Meaning; Death; Cultural religion; Happiness; Denmark; Atheist, Denmark
  • Religiosity and Happiness: A Study among Israeli Female Undergraduates.
    Francis, Leslie J., and Yaacov J. Katz (2002)
    Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 13: 75-86.

    Analyzes questionnaire data from female Bar-Ilan University students; religiosity predicted happiness.

    Associated Search Terms: Students, undergraduate; Religiosity; Israel; Happiness
  • Firm Believers? Religion, Body Weight, and Well-being.
    Ferraro, Kenneth F. (1998)
    Review of Religious Research 39:3: 224-244.

    Analyzes 1986 survey data from Americans aged 25+.

    Associated Search Terms: Medical; Depression; Mental health; Health; United States; Happiness
  • New Religious Movements Turn to Worldly Success.
    Khalsa, Kirpal Singh (1986)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 25:2: 233-247. [Also in James T. Richardson (ed.), Money and Power in the New Religions (Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988), pp. 117-140]

    In contrast to the Healthy-Happy-Holy Organization & the Vajradhatu church, Divine Light Mission did not attempt entrepreneurial & professional ventures.

    Associated Search Terms: Vajradhatu; Economic; Divine Light Mission; Healthy-Happy-Holy
  • The Summer Solstice of the Healthy-Happy-Holy Organization.
    Tobey, Alan (1976)
    In Charles Y. Glock and Robert N. Bellah (eds.) The New Religious Consciousness. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 5-30.

    Analyzes 1973 questionnaire & observation data from an annual festival for which many adherents gathered.

    Associated Search Terms: Healthy-Happy-Holy; Feast
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