We have learned that people with a religious belief are happier than those without. One of the reason for their well being is religious institution (church) that provides a support system.
Now we learn that this is true only if the society they belong to values religion highly. In very secular society like China, this may not be true.
I read this early this year. “For atheists and the growing ranks of unaffiliated individuals, these findings bode well. Scientists are now finding that secular communities of like-minded people can offer similar social support.”
The take-home message is this — it doesn’t matter whether or not you belong to a church or something similar, establishing a strong social support is the key to your level of happiness.