Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 629–647 | Cite as

Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing in Canada

  • Maryam Dilmaghani
Research Paper


Using the Canadian Ethnic Diversity Survey, I explore how religiosity associates with self-reported levels of wellbeing. The overall association of religious intensity with subjective wellbeing is found to be statistically significant, positive and small. When the impact is allowed to vary by religious group, it appears that Catholics and Protestants are very similar in how religiosity impacts their subjective wellbeing; the association is statistically significantly stronger for Canadian Muslims; and Canadian Jews are the closest group to religious nones. Surprisingly, among different dimensions of religious commitment, the intensity of religious belief is found to be the driver of the overall positive association, across religious groups. Finally, when Canadian population is divided into linguistic groups, religious involvement emerges as a negative predictor of French Canadians’ subjective wellbeing.


Subjective wellbeing Religiosity Canada Québec 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Sobey School of BusinessSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada

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