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Participating in sports and practicing a religion are related to levels of happiness

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  • Abdel-Khalek, A. (2006). Happiness, health, and religiosity: Significant relations. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 9(1), 85-97. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13694670500040625
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  • Hoffman, S. J. (2010). Good game: Christianity and the culture of sports. Waco: Waco Baylor University Press.
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  • Oishi, S., Graham, J., Kesebir, S., & Galinha, I. C. (2013). Concepts of happiness across time and cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(5), 559-577. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167213480042
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  • Parry, S. J., Nesti, M., & Watson, N. (2011). Theology, ethics and transcendence in sports. New York: New York Routledge.
  • Rizvi, M., & Hossain, M. (2017). Relationship between religious belief and happiness: A systematic literature review. Journal of Religion and Health, 56(5), 1561-1582. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0332-6
  • Roychowdhury, D. (2019). Spiritual well-being in sport and exercise psychology. SAGE Open, 9(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244019837460
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