Faith and Happiness in China: Roles of Religious Identity, Beliefs, and Practice

  title={Faith and Happiness in China: Roles of Religious Identity, Beliefs, and Practice},
  author={Jun Lu and Qin Gao},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
  • Jun LuQ. Gao
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Social Indicators Research
Using the 2007 Spiritual Life Study of Chinese Residents data, this article examines the association between religious faith and happiness in China. We treat religious faith as a multidimensional construct and explore the possible effects of religious identity, belief, and practice on happiness among Chinese citizens. We find that having a religious identity in general was not significantly associated with happiness, while religious belief and practice—in particular attending religious services… 

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