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Should churches pay tax?
Organized religion raises happiness and contentment with life for individuals.
Religion provides people with purpose and guidelines for how to live.
Churches generally allow their followers to feel more at peace with their place in the universe through some kind of order.
Social networks created by church communities lead to
higher levels of happiness
among church goers than non-believers.
Churches often provide solace and comfort for people going through difficult times. Religious leaders are often counselors and friends for those who need help.
Providing for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of church members and the surrounding community is considered charity work by some people.
This really only applies when you are in a
religion. Feeling part of the mainstream may be comforting whereas being in the minority is stressful.
Negative religious beliefs
(for example, that God is punishing or abandoning you) have been linked with harmful outcomes, including higher rates of depression and lower quality of life.