Date: December 15, 2016 09:59AM
The study may have some validity but not necessarily for the reasons you might think. The research I recall reading said that people who attended church had better outlooks on life even if they didn't believe in the religion or in God. I thought I had a link to the article saved but I wasn't able to find it this morning. The one below is to a LiveScience article which makes a similar point.http://www.livescience.com/9090-religion-people-happier-hint-god.html
Apparently, the good that people get from attending church services has more to do with social contacts than anything having to do with the religion itself. I suspect we would also find that the assumption of a common belief also allows people to let down their guard in these interpersonal relationships.