PEOPLE who attend church regularly are more likely to be happy
with their love lives, a new study by researchers at the University
of Porto in Portugal suggests. They interviewed 1284 adult
Portuguese women and men between 18 and 90 years old, and asked
them about their love and sex lives.
The study, by Professor Félix Neto and Maria da Conceição Pinto,
has been published by Springer in its journal Applied Research
in Quality of Life.
The report said: "The finding that believers and regular
churchgoers are positive about their love lives is in line with
previous studies that associate religious involvement with better
mental health and greater satisfaction with life and sexual
relationships in general."
Being married or cohabiting is also likely to make people feel
happier with their relationships.
The study found that levels of satisfaction with their love
lives within relationships stayed fairly constant until the age of
60, when satisfaction levels declined, partly because older people
said it was of less importance to them.
A combination of factors, including age, religious involvement,
marital status, and love style - manipulative, say, or playful -
influence a person's satisfaction with love. But manipulative and
possessive men were also more likely to report high levels of
The authors concluded: "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