Does religion bring happiness?

The Jakarta Post:

WIN/Gallup International recently published its poll result regarding the positive role of religion in countries worldwide.

The fascinating finding is that Indonesia tops the list, with about 95 percent of Indonesian respondents convinced that religion has a positive impact on society.

Further, another survey conducted by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) showed that Indonesians were indeed “happy” as they scored 65.11 percent out of 100 on the BPS happiness index (The Jakarta Post, April 17).

The two surveys may suggest that the positive impact of religion is confirmed given the happiness index in question.

However, skepticism also has a place in this matter.

According to Paul J. Zak in his book The Moral Molecule, religion has the potential to bring happiness and trigger compassionate attitudes toward our peers.

Based on his study, it can trigger the release of the hormone oxytocin, the levels of which can increase if we engage with others and build trust, resulting in a sense of togetherness.

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Categories: Asia, Indonesia, Religion

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  1. OOOOH YES, Religion will bring the happiness, peace in mind, harmony,successful, and prosperity, no doubt about it.
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    Look at what Allah said in His books;
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    FIRST ALLAH SAID TO PROPHET DAUUD
    A wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people should not live in luxury.Proverb 21:20
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    Happy are those who obey God’ laws,who live by His commands. Your work will provide for your needs; you will be happy and prosperous. Your wife will be like vine in your home,and your sons will be like young olive trees around your table.A man who obeys God will surely be bless like this.
    Psalms 128:1
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    Wisdom is offers you long life as well as wealth and honor. Wisdom can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it. Proverb.
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    Hold on to your wisdom and sight.Never let them get away from you. They will provide you with life–pleasant and happy life.Proverb.
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    SECOND. Allah said to Prophet Jesus;
    “Be sure that the book of law is always read in your worship.Study it day and night,and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.Joshuo; 1:8-9 .
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    THIRD TO PROPHET MUHAMMAD (SAW).
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    `Ask forgiveness from your Lord; for He is Oft-Forgiving; (10) “`He will send rain to you in abundance; (11) “`Give you increase in wealth and sons; and bestow on you Gardens and bestow on you rivers (of flowing water). (12) QS.71-10-12
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    And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out ( SUCCESSFUL) And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine( PROSPEROUS ).QS 65;2-3.
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    It is very clear that Allah will make you not only happiness, but also Allah will increase your wealth, become prosperous,you can help people as many as possible. This is the true happiness.
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    The key to have happiness from Allah, is Muslim have to follow Allah laws completely, completely, NEVER follow idols.

    With all my love

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