Americans give thanks to God for ‘intangible’ gifts
Most Americans are thankful for family (88%), health (77%), personal freedom (72%) and friends (71%). Meanwhile, being thankful for wealth is low on the list, according to a new study from LifeWay Research.
In the online survey of 1,000 Americans, researchers gave respondents ten options to be thankful for – from family and health to achievements and wealth (see graphic below). Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, says this survey reveals what is most important to Americans.
“We come out of an election cycle where a lot of people made decisions based on their wallet, and yet we see that it’s actually the intangibles in life – it’s family, it’s friends and health – that are actually much more valuable to them than dollars and cents,” he says.
The survey shows that most Americans are giving their thanks to God.
“Sixty-three percent of all Americans; but the number not surprisingly jumps when we’re talking about those who attend religious services at least once a month – 84 percent of them indicate they’re thankful to God,” he tells OneNewsNow.
“Those with evangelical beliefs, it’s 94 percent – but even one out of four of those with no religious affiliation indicate they say thanks to God at Thanksgiving.”
McConnell concludes that most Americans still find a lot to be thankful for – no matter what they have faced this year.
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