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10 types of relationships people have with God

Published: Friday, Aug. 15 2014 10:50 a.m. MDT

Believing in God can be more than just praying and attending church every week.

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A person's relationship with God can define his or her daily outlook on life.

A recent study in the Sociology of Religion found that praying and speaking with God can actually relieve people of stress. Researchers and psychologists have also found those who believe in God tend to worry less overall and be more tolerant of unexpected scenarios. There was also a study earlier this year that surveyed how often people attend church, and whether or not they completely tell the truth about how many times they attend.

But what does an intimate relationship with God really look like? The way people relate to and engage with their faith differs greatly across the population.

Here’s a look at 10 relationships people may have with God:

The daily believer

Some worship their God, deity or spirit everyday. Belief Net reported that 68.1 percent of Christians and 91.6 percent of Muslims pray more than once every day. This is the heavy believer. One example of this may be actor Mark Wahlberg, who told The Blaze that he heads to church everyday.

The weekly worshipper

Some Americans don't practice their religion everyday, but weekly doesn’t seem to be a problem. Four in 10 Americans told Gallup in 2013 that they attended a church within a week, which is not unlike years prior — when the percentage of weekly churchgoers hovered between 30 and 40 percent.

The monthly churchgoer

Americans are also heading to church on a monthly basis (about 11 percent of people, according to a 2010 Gallup poll) — and some of them think that church is actually losing its impact on society. But a Gallup poll found that 25 percent of monthly churchgoers believe religion is increasing in influence.

The millennial … sort of

Millenials aren’t really about church attendance. A study by Biola University found that one in 10 millennials find church attendance important. Still, you’re bound to find some in the pews.

The Pew Research Center reported that 18 percent of millennials attend a religious service every week — which is lower than the 28 percent of baby boomers who went to services when they were similar ages as the millennials (18 to 29).

The CEO (Christmas and Easter only)

There was a time when many people would head to the pews just for Christmas or Easter, but that seems to be a changing trend. An estimated 4.5 million people go to church on Christmas, according to The Telegraph, but that isn’t that inspiring of a number given that 4.8 million people will shop online on Christmas day. Americans seem to be undecided about going to church on Easter, too, since one in five Americans can’t decide whether they should head to church for the spring holiday.

Check out the rest of the list in the slideshow above and to the left.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner

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