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Belief in God May Lower Stress, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BELMONT, Mass.) -- Researchers have found that believing in God may help ward off anxiety, according to HealthDay.

The findings, which were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, were based on two studies conducted at McClean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. The first looked at a group of 332 Christians and Jews who placed trust in a benevolent God and therefore were more at peace with the uncertainties of life.

The second study involved a two-week program intended to raise trust in God among 125 Jews. Researchers found the participants were less worried at the end of the course.

The research was presented at the American Psychological Association in Washington on Friday.

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