Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 287–310 | Cite as

The Importance of Spirituality in Well-Being for Jews and Christians

  • Adam B. CohenEmail author


There is a well-known association between religion and happiness, although it is not known which particular aspects of religiosity correlate with life satisfaction, or if the correlates are different for people of different religions. In three studies, the correlations of different facets of religiosity with happiness or life satisfaction were explored. In different samples and with different measures, congregational support and public practice of religion appear to correlate similarly with measures of life satisfaction for members of different religions. However, spirituality, religious coping, and religious belief were better predictors of happiness and quality of life for Protestants and Catholics than for Jews. It is therefore contended that religion should be an important consideration, along with religiosity, in study of satisfaction with life, and that the link between spirituality and life satisfaction be followed up, particularly among Christians.

religion religiosity spirituality Jews Catholics Protestants well-being life-satisfaction happiness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Center for Religion/Spirituality and HealthDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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