Friday, November 25, 2011

It's mighty hard to be a Christian in Walmart ...

... on Black Friday, the first day of the Christmas shopping season -- or, worse yet, the night before Black Friday.
You'd find far more peace on earth, goodwill toward men and brotherly love if you just went to the nearest bar to drink beer and watch ESPN or Fox Sports or whatever is on.
Why does Christmas need a shopping season?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Does going to church make you more optimistic?

According to this information, Study links religious services to optimism, church-goers are more optimistic. Hmmm. Doesn't seem to work on me. I go to church fairly regularly, but I have a pessimistic view of life. I've always figured it was my fundamentalist upbringing. Or maybe it's because of years as a newspaperman that I'm pessimistic about mankind.

An excerpt:

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with a more optimistic outlook and a lesser inclination to be depressed, compared to those who do not attend services at all, a study concluded on Thursday.

The study's findings supports previous research that religious participation can promote psychological and physical health -- and reduce mortality risks -- possibly by calming people in stressful times, creating meaningful social interactions and helping curtail bad habits.

Those who said they attended services more than once a week in the previous month were 56 percent more likely to be above the median score in a measure of optimism than those who did not attend services, according to the study published in the Journal of Religion and Health.

I guess I need to start going more than once a week.