Is the social interaction enabled by religion:
So where does that leave non-believers?
“Out of luck, I guess,” Koenig joked.
“Actually, I would suspect that people doing the types of things like religious people do -- socializing, doing similarly complex cognitive tasks, would have similar benefits. But it is interesting that religion provides that whole package of things that people can adopt and pursue over time.”
It would be really interesting to make an additional study to compare that against a group of people that are not religious but that have a simmilar level of social interaction.