Narrator: This is Science Today. A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley found that people who attend church regularly tend to live significantly longer than those who do not. Dr. Doug Oman, the study's author, says that all denominations showed a similarly close link between church attendance and longevity - with one notable exception.
Oman: Those who practiced non-Western religions, they were less likely to attend services frequently. But they didn't seem to suffer as much statistically, suggesting that perhaps they were getting some of those coping benefits and inner-peace benefits in some other way.
Narrator: Oman says that this may mean that the connection is between health and what he calls "spiritual coping methods" - rather than actual church attendance. He says this could lead to health practices that are spiritual - but not religious.
Oman: If you have the impulse to reach for a cigarette you could repeat that mantra or holy name and perhaps that spiritual ideal would be a spiritual coping method that could help improve your health behavior that way.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.