Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 277–293 | Cite as

Religion and Life Satisfaction Down Under

  • Michael A. KorttEmail author
  • Brian Dollery
  • Bligh Grant
Research Paper


We investigated the association between religious involvement and life satisfaction using panel data from the 2004, 2007, and 2010 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. Our study provides strong evidence of an association between attendance at religious services and life satisfaction in the Australian social context. While social resources mediate this association, there appears to be a remaining direct influence of attendance at religious services on life satisfaction. To unravel this association, there is a need to disentangle and separately assess the influence that ‘religious social resources’ and ‘secular social resources’ may have on life satisfaction.


Life satisfaction Religion Religious involvement Social resources 



This paper uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the author and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute. The authors would also like to thank the editors and three anonymous referees for very helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southern Cross Business SchoolSouthern Cross UniversityGold CoastAustralia
  2. 2.UNE Business SchoolUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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