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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014
RELIGION

Living Hope plans ice cream social; Belong to live long

Aug 22, 2014

Living Hope planning ice cream social Saturday

ELDON — Living Hope Bible Church is having an ice cream social 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Church members will be serving homemade ice cream, homemade pies, cookies and brownies.

Many children’s activities are planned, including a bounce castle, dunk tank and water balloons.

Children can be enrolled in the preschool or prekindergarten programs.

Free-will donations will be collected to support the preschool.

For more information call 641-652-3420.

 

Belong to live long

The simple act of regularly attending a religious service is a common thread among cultures with the longest life spans. It doesn’t matter which faith you are; attending church, even just once a month, seems to have a positive effect on one’s overall health and happiness.

A study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior discovered that those who attended regular religious services at least once per month had a longer life expectancy than those who did not. It seems that people who nourish their spiritual side lower their risk of heart disease, depression and stress, while increasing their immunity.

Why is going to church so good for your health?

• Provides a big social network. Friends are an important part of enjoying a healthy, happy life. People who attend church have a big social network and a regular meeting place. Weekly meetings with friends are a great way to talk, connect, relieve stress, laugh and have a good time. It also means being there for others in their time of need. Participating in a religious community is a great way to connect, bond and share life’s ups and downs.

• Encourages positive behaviors. People who attend church tend to be more physically active and might be less likely to indulge in unhealthy behaviors like excessive drinking, smoking and using illegal drugs. Religious services offer a regularly scheduled time to slow down and reflect.

• Creates a sanctuary in time. Taking a weekly break from the rigors of daily life is a great way to relieve stress and strengthen your social networks with loved ones. It offers a time to turn off the TV, not think about work or school, and spend time with the people who are important to you. It’s a great way to down shift by taking some time for yourself to slow down and rejuvenate.

• Supports a sense of purpose. Religion encourages positive behaviors and expectations. When people act in accordance with their beliefs and values, they feel good about themselves and are more likely to feel a sense of pride and purpose in their daily lives.

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