The massive worldwide study, titled “The Connected Generation,” polled some 15,369 people aged 18- to 35-year-olds across 25 countries, examining their mental health and determining how it relates to their churchgoing habits. The results were startling — simply put, those who attended a weekly worships service were significantly less likely to experience anxiety than those who didn’t.
When it came to having hope for the future, people of faith again felt much more positive. Just over half of practicing Christians (51%), said they were “optimistic about the future,” compared to just 34% of those with no faith.
People with no faith were also more likely to experience regular feelings of loneliness and depression than people of faith. When it came to having a sense of motivation, Christians again responded very differently. Indeed, 29% of non-believers said they felt “able to accomplish goals,” but it jumped up to 43% amongst Christians.