Belief in guardian angels cuts down risky behavior
Have you ever been in a potentially dangerous situation and seemingly out of nowhere you’re spared any harm—just in the nick of time? Some people consider those life-saving acts the work of guardian angels.
It would stand to reason then that those believers would take more chances knowing a guardian angel has their backs. Ironically, however, a new study reports that those who believe in these miracle workers are less likely to be risk-takers.
According to study results published in late September in the journal SAGE Open, while some felt that belief in guardians angels might make their behavior more risky, most believers were far less inclined to take risks than their non-believing counterparts.
Researchers surveyed nearly 200 individuals on dangerous behavior. Participants were asked their opinion, for example, about risky driving. Most of the participants who did not believe in guardian angels rated driving 12 miles per hour over the speed limit at a risk level of two on a scale of one to five, with five being risky. Those who believe in guardian angels, however, rated the risk level at a three.
Of those who believed in guardian angels, almost 70 percent said that this belief affects how they take risks.
Researchers offered one hypothesis for the behavior. The team thought that maybe people who have a tendency to view the world as being risky or potentially dangerous are more inclined to have a belief in personal guardian spirits.
“People who believe in guardian angels often have a deep sense of connection to loved ones who have gone before them,” Condon says. “I think it is possible that people who feel they are being lovingly watched may tend to be more careful about how they are living each moment.”
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