New research from scientists in the Netherlands and the United States finds that prayer can help lessen a person’s anger, aggression and ultimately, lessen the impact of provocation.
“People often turn to prayer when they’re feeling negative emotions, including anger,” said study co-author Brad Bushman, a professor of communications and psychology at Ohio State University. “We found that prayer really can help people cope with their anger, probably by helping them change how they view the events that angered them and helping them take it less personally.”
The research found that prayer helped to control anger. It did not matter what the person’s religious affiliation was, or if they attended church on a regular basis.