May 27th, 2004

Curious article

Published - 27-May-2004

Monks have 'secret of life' lifestyle?

COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) - U.S. researchers said they think the true secret of living a long, healthy and satisfying life might be found at a nearby monastery.
"Through a systematic review of the scientific literature, we found that individuals who regularly participate in organized religious activities live longer and healthier lives on average," said Daniel Longo, professor of family and community medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

"This effect may be more significant among those who have made a lifelong commitment to a religious lifestyle in an organized religious community."

For example, Longo said, Trappist and Benedictine monks between 1900 and 1994 experienced a 12 percent lower mortality rate than the general population.

The lifestyle simply includes moderation, obedience, humility and respect for others. It also focuses on balance, along with spirituality, both of which are attitudes conducive to good health, Longo said.

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