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Audience and Purpose: The link between religion and happiness is something that many different people have investigated throughout their lifetimes. Therefore, this paper may be useful to a wide variety of people. By using a moderately academic tone, I assume that my audience has a basic level of literacy and education. This paper targets a general audience with at least a passing interest in how religion affects their happiness or how happiness affects their religious conviction. Because I discuss the social and community aspects of religion in detail, this paper focuses more on community-based religions. However, the ideas and topics of this paper can apply in some way to all religious affiliations. As I state in the introduction to my paper, religion is a powerful force in America and the world. A wide majority of Americans in particular associate with one religious denomination or another, and a large percentage have changed their religious affiliation at some point. My purpose is to introduce research from the literature to give people food for thought before or while they consider altering their religious affiliation. I chose an essay format for this paper, but in order to allow for some pauses through its length, I broke it into five main sections: an introduction, “correlation does not imply causation,” “religion and happiness,” “religion and mental health,” and a conclusion (“so what?”). I did not include a table of contents, as I build upon previous examples and concepts in later sections. This essay should therefore be read straight through from start to finish.
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Aliki Dragona UWP 101, Sect. 13 3 December 2009 Does Religion Make Us Happy? Religion is like a knife. If you use it the wrong way, you can cut yourself (Weiner 122). Religion is a powerful force in American and worldwide life, and it has been for quite some time. The founding fathers of our nation understood the importance of religious belief and expression more than 200 years ago; it is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Our focus on religion has not died down appreciably since then. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, over 83% of Americans affiliate themselves with one of many religious denominations. While the various sects of Christianity make up the majority of religious affiliates in America, considerable percentages of Americans are Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish, among others. Not only are our religious beliefs and practices widely varied; we are also prone to switch between religious faiths. This same study found that 44% of respondents had switched between religious affiliations (or no affiliation) at some point in their lifetimes (U.S.). Our religious beliefs are clearly important and dynamic forces in our lives.
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