A number of studies over the years have indicated that religion may play a roll in promoting a healthy lifestyle and even getting better school grades.
Now psychologists at the University of Miami believe they may know why. As reported in the New York Times, they've looked at dozens of studies and found that religion appears to improve a person's self-control, which could be the key to healthy living and doing well in school.
And they say the self-control benefit appears to apply to members of all the world's religions, and to those who practice meditation.
But they note that sometimes, people do violent things in the name of religion, and they wonder if that might be facilitated by the same self-control that's also used for positive results.