A study, “Religiosity and its association with happiness, purpose in life, and self-actualisation,” of 101 people (57 males and 44 females) measured attitudes towards Christianity and the link between Christianity and happiness. Results suggests that religious people are happier, and that the relation between religiosity and happiness is, in part, related to a sense of purpose in life.
According to Dr. Stephen Joseph from the University of Warwick: “Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier. Research shows that too much materialism in our lives can be terrible for happiness… What seems to be important is living your life in a way that emphasises the importance of being involved in your community and caring for people, and Christmas is a reminder to us all of this message.”