Religion is better for mental health than volunteering or sports
Author: Melissa Binder
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A new study suggests joining a religious organization is better for mental health than volunteering or playing sports. The same study found that joining a community organization, such as a political club, actually decreased happiness in the long run.

How is this related to Islam?

Islam emphasizes that religion or belief in God is inherently part of one's making. Worship creates a systemic balance to between mind and soul. Forfeiting that creates a gap in the mind-body relationship.

Allah say's in Quran (Chapter 16, Verse 97)

"Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.".

The act of doing good is coupled with the act of belief and the bi-product as prescribed in the verse leads to "living a good life".