A new study reveals regular churchgoers have a better love life than non-church attenders. Titled Satisfaction with Love Life Across the Adult Life Span, researchers Félix Neto and Maria da Conceição Pinto of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal published their findings in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.
In a statement the authors conclude, “In contrast to much past investigation on love, our research used a sample of adults representing a full range of age. Focusing on exploration of age variations in satisfaction with love life, the research displayed a comprehensive view of differences and similarities across the adult life span.”
Older adults beyond 60 years were found to be less satisfied with their love lives than those between 31 and 59 years old, partly because it held less importance.
While the results provide valuable insights, Ron Rose, director of Faith Coaching Network, says the researchers don’t amply explore why regular churchgoers are more satisfied.
“I have found that Church attendance is a not the key, but it is a result of a less selfish and more self-less life style,” said Rose. “And, that awareness changes everything. We churchgoers believe there is something bigger than ourselves in this world. There is a great-shared adventure in that reality. That’s the good news.”
The study also found that people who enjoy higher levels of well-being and have harmonious social relationships also tend to be more content with their love lives.
Publication date: April 10, 2014