Happiness And Religion: Are Religious People Happier Than Non-Believers?

02/08/2014 09:45 pm ET | Updated Feb 08, 2014

Washington Post religion reporter Sally Quinn claimed that "Religion is a sure route to true happiness" in an opinion piece-- but is that really the case?

HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani delved into the issue with Senior Religion editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush, social psychologist David Myers, and blogger Hidaya Nawee. They discussed the idea of timeless happiness, of satisfaction found in a belief in the divine, as well as the more earthly benefits of religion.

Quinn's article cited the work of psychology professor Catherine Sanderson, who asserts that the sense of meaning and purpose engendered by religious belief, as well as the community support, increases tangible happiness.

Watch the clip for more. Does your religion make you happier? Let us know in the comments.

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