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Research: People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy
Live Science ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Wynne Parry, Live Science Contributor

Posted on 02/24/2014 7:45:08 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment, including higher economic growth in developing countries and less crime.

But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.

"It seems there is this trade-off," said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon.

In research published in January in PLOS ONE, Shariff and a colleague looked at international survey data to see how belief in heaven and hell affected people's daily emotional states, along with a more long-term measure, life satisfaction.

Because many, but not all people believe in both heaven and hell simultaneously, Shariff and Lara Aknin of Simon Frasier University in British Columbia focused on those who believe in one but not the other. In the vast majority of cases, this meant people who believed in heaven unchecked by hell.

Looking at survey data from 63 countries, the researchers found that the more a belief in heaven outstripped a belief in hell in a country, the happier and more satisfied the residents were. When researchers looked at individual responses, they found a similar pattern — people who believe in heaven reported greater satisfaction with life.

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TOPICS: Religion; Science; Society
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1 posted on 02/24/2014 7:45:08 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet they didn’t survey the folks who didn’t believe and already died.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 7:46:49 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

So why are liberals so angry all the time?


3 posted on 02/24/2014 7:47:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I’m reading correctly, this was of people who believed in hell but not heaven?

Well, that concept is incoherent anyway, so they’re probably just unhappy with the illogical nature of their worldview.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 7:48:47 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Ping.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 7:50:19 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ecclesiastes 7:2
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies— so the living should take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 12:5
Remember Him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember Him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral


6 posted on 02/24/2014 7:50:19 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Makes one wonder if those believing in Heaven are happier? Suppose seeking Heaven is like seeking the tree that grew straight without breaking or flying like a bird through the skies or traveling the Universe from end to end in one blink of an eye. Guess being happy is only a concept and unreal to those thinking they have one chance when God grants more than one chance. Guess many believe they never belong to Heaven and rather think they belong to Hades. Would be easy to be unhappy believing one belongs to Hades.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 7:54:11 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SeekAndFind

This from an assistant professor of psychology from U of O. There has to be a snarky remark here somewhere.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 7:56:39 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: SeekAndFind
Not everybody:
9 posted on 02/24/2014 7:57:37 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: cripplecreek

‘cause they know that’s going to be their new address if Hell is real


10 posted on 02/24/2014 8:00:04 PM PST by digger48
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To: SeekAndFind
One really must only ask one question ... Am I under the power of God or something less? Being under the power of something less would make me unhappy ... Am not a Scholar, Theologian or a Pastor but I know one cousin that is a Pastor. He is best when tested and at his most happy.
11 posted on 02/24/2014 8:00:24 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in Purgatory so I am halfway in-between.


12 posted on 02/24/2014 8:00:31 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This study basically says that if you don’t believe in Heaven, but you do believe in Hell, you are more likely to be unhappy.

No kidding. What a shock. The corollary is equally shocking: that those who believe in Heaven, but not Hell, are also unhappy. If it’s all good, none of it is good.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 8:02:09 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: digger48

I live about 21 miles from Hell as the crow flies.

And yes, it has most definitely frozen over.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 8:03:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Army Air Corps

The devil is in the details I guess :-)

It might not have singled out the eternal security folks, to whom hell, while its existence is acknowledged, is NOT a big deal any more. This leaves the ones who are hoping to merit their salvation, and that’s pretty glum.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 8:04:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in hell.

I am thrilled that I wont be there.

I am glad that there is justice.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 8:05:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in hell.

Can’t tell you how many men I’ve seen driven to near insanity during their marriage.

Now divorced from their respective Harridans and no longer having to rely on Air Traffic Controllers to duck the myriad of Broom stick flights....They are much happier and calmer.some still suffer PTSD but, even they believe there is life outside of hell and they continue to crawl toward the light.

Like alcoholics recovering “One Day at a Time” gives them small goals to work toward and they wake each day grateful to God for another breath and chance to be inspired by his mercy....


17 posted on 02/24/2014 8:05:27 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bump.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 8:06:10 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: cdcdawg

Not sure how one can believe in a Christian Hell and not Heaven.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 8:06:41 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: steve86

Equivocator ....


20 posted on 02/24/2014 8:06:44 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

21 posted on 02/24/2014 8:08:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

22 posted on 02/24/2014 8:08:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: Vendome

“Be sure it’s true, when you say, I Love You — it’s a sin to tell a lie! Millions of hearts have been broken, just because these words were spoken: ‘I love you, yes I do, I love you; if you break my heart I’ll die’ — So be sure it’s true, when you say I Love You — it’s a sin to tell a lie.”


23 posted on 02/24/2014 8:09:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Now that’s bad, when you can’t smoke in hell.

Actually I’ve heard it said that there are two sections in eternity — smoking, and non.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 8:11:10 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise
Ooops!


25 posted on 02/24/2014 8:11:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: DonaldC

Yes, that one throws me, too. I suppose those people are out there, and they must be a pretty depressing lot. I don’t think I know anyone who has that set of beliefs.


26 posted on 02/24/2014 8:12:57 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise
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27 posted on 02/24/2014 8:16:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s interesting. Made me look up the song. Pretty.

Is this the version you were thinking of?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-6aSU2UBWA


28 posted on 02/24/2014 8:16:12 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SeekAndFind

Only the bad ones.


29 posted on 02/24/2014 8:17:28 PM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“It is also possible that thinking about hell prompts nonbelievers to think about what they may face if they are wrong in their nonbelief, he said.”


30 posted on 02/24/2014 8:18:37 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: cdcdawg

Well, there are some theologies that reduce the gospel “Good News” to “Good Luck.” They’re wrong. They are schemes by which men give God an “anxiety offering” which He does not want. (This is not the same as the “fear and trembling” of a believer, which is born of awe.)

The bible is treating the same subject from a number of different perspectives. Original sin is real and if not addressed it is a barrier to heaven. Ultimately it’s up to you to accept the call to heaven; and if you do, it’s permanent. But it won’t necessarily be an easy trip there.


31 posted on 02/24/2014 8:20:09 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A respectable pastor’s sermon on hell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJAUrtrO6jU


32 posted on 02/24/2014 8:22:22 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: SeekAndFind

“What, me Worry?


33 posted on 02/24/2014 8:22:46 PM PST by AU72
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To: Beowulf9

There’s a number of them out there. Hers is pretty.


34 posted on 02/24/2014 8:23:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A respectable pastor’s sermon on hell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJAUrtrO6jU


35 posted on 02/24/2014 8:26:07 PM PST by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: Revolting cat!

Squeeze box.


36 posted on 02/24/2014 8:27:55 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

What I can never understand is when people, during this global warming winter, tell me that outside it’s “cold as hell!” Say what?


37 posted on 02/24/2014 8:37:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I don’t believe em anymore.

I wanna live in peace and not deal with fickleness.

I’m convinced women adhore cats not so much for their beauty but, more as their little Yoda’s to teach them “The way of the Cat “.

Truth is; They just wanna play with their prey, wear em out until they die of exhaustion and then. feast on the cadaver to celebrate their endurance and indomitable spirit”.

Cynic? I only sit on park benches to observe people ....


38 posted on 02/24/2014 8:41:24 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think people who don’t believe in hell, deep down, they really do. Just that little, niggling doubt.


39 posted on 02/24/2014 8:41:32 PM PST by liege (America 180)
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Existence is Hell.


40 posted on 02/24/2014 8:52:14 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Vendome

Meow.


41 posted on 02/24/2014 8:59:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ephesians 2:8-9 points to a way out, a remedy..


42 posted on 02/24/2014 9:04:53 PM PST by Elsiejay (in)
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To: Beowulf9

“Here’s somebody I’m gonna scare the .... out of and torment.. “RRRAAAAAUGH”..... oh, you’ve been married?......Oh you’ve been married twice, hahah, would you like a job down here?” - Sam Kinison


43 posted on 02/24/2014 9:05:38 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Hahaha! Love Sam Kinison:)


44 posted on 02/24/2014 9:12:45 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Vendome

AMEN AMEN AMEN!


45 posted on 02/24/2014 9:21:13 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Zactly ....


46 posted on 02/24/2014 9:23:12 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind

Being a follower of Jesus, I’m 100% happy not to be headed for hell. Especially after I singed my hand over a BBQ grill sometime back and got a quick first-hand taste of fire.


47 posted on 02/24/2014 11:08:59 PM PST by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!; GeronL
A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.

If you don't believe in Hell or anything after this existence (let alone retribution for your actions), you'll probably do a lot of sex, drugs, and venture swindling, not to mention selling off Jews to the Nazis all in the name of profit and self-advancement.


48 posted on 02/25/2014 5:42:48 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Revolting cat!; JoeProBono

49 posted on 02/25/2014 5:54:10 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise


50 posted on 02/25/2014 6:17:16 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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