Â Researchers from the University of Miami, in Florida reviewed of evidence that may help explain why religious people tend to live slightly longer lives; suffer less from depressive symptoms; avoid trouble with sex, drugs, and the police; do better in school; enjoy more stable and more satisfying marriages; and more regularly visit their dentists.
First, the details.
The authors reviewed the literature that addressed the basic idea that religion is related to high self-control and better self-regulation.
And, the results.
Prayer, meditation, religious imagery, and scripture reading all appear capable of serving self-regulatory functions.
Influences how goals are selected, pursued, and organized.
Fosters the development of self-regulatory strength.
Prescribes and fosters proficiency in a suite of self-regulatory behavior.
The bottom line?
Some of religion’s influences on health, well-being, and social behavior may result from religion’s influences on self-control and self-regulation.
The authors concluded, “Religion, self-control, and self-regulation are indeed intimately related. However, many of the interconnections among these concepts require further empirical scrutiny.”
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.