THOSE who are actively religious are less stressed, and think
that their lives have more meaning, a new study has found.
The research by Dr Roxane Davies, a psychologist with the
Government's Health and Safety Laboratory, suggests that people who
regularly attend religious services are more likely to report low
levels of anxiety and fatigue.
Dr Davies studied 34 full-time workers from the Caribbean and
measured their job satisfaction and well-being, as well as their
"religiosity". Those who were more religious than the others
reported less stress, and also had a "higher presence of meaning in
life". Dr Davies said: "As the pace of work and life accelerates,
people long for meaning, and the younger generation in particular
is looking for more than just a big pay cheque at the end of the
month. My research shows that religiosity in the workplace may act
as a resource, making people more resilient to cope with the many
challenges of working life."
Dr Davies suggested: "We should hence encourage employers to
accommodate, where possible, employees' religious beliefs while at
work, and not shy away from the issue," she argued. "Such personal
beliefs could be very helpful not only for employees, but also for
The study was presented to the British Psychological Society's
annual conference last week.