People Who Believe In Hell Tend To Be Less Happy, New Survey Shows

Hell painting in the Saint-Nicolas de Veroce church in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. | Fred de Noyelle via Getty Images
Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment, including higher economic growth in developing countries and less crime.

By Wynne PerryHUFFPOST Science

But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.

„It seems there is this trade-off,“ said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon.

In research published in January in PLOS ONE, Shariff and a colleague looked at international survey data to see how belief in heaven and hell affected people’s daily emotional states, along with a more long-term measure, life satisfaction. [8 Ways Religion Impacts Your Life]

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