Faith-based communities are often important sources of social connection. They can allow you to unite with like-minded people with similar beliefs and help you feel supported. Within a faith-based community you can also find social activities and events, which may range from volunteering to organized clubs.
Studies have shown that there are many benefits to being a part of a faith-based community. Here are three key perks.
Being part of a faith-based community can provide a sense of social connection. This social connection and feeling of belonging can lead to new friendships and higher marriage rates. Research shows that faith-based communities tend to foster happy marriages and lower divorce rates.
Faith-based communities offer a social support network. A sense of social support is especially important during times of need. Having a group to fall back on and help you cope through life’s challenges is associated with better well-being.
Life Satisfaction and Happiness
Faith-based communities are linked to high rates of life satisfaction. Having a sense of purpose or meaning and being optimistic can contribute to positive mental health and overall wellness.
While research has tied being part of a faith community to all these benefits, it’s difficult to determine if these outcomes are specific to faith-based communities or communities in general. Regardless, finding a community where you feel a sense of purpose, belonging, and support is undoubtedly a great way to improve your social connectedness and overall health.
In addition, spirituality on its own is directly linked to longevity. A sense of resilience, purpose, and pride comes with having a strong faith and is associated with improved life satisfaction and health. Some research suggests that spirituality alone results in these positive benefits, with or without the regular attendance of religious events or involvement in faith-based communities.