At this point I have mostly anectdotal evidence. In my own case, I became much happier when I stopped pretending to believe (for the sake of my grandparents) and simply stated that I did not. I have discussed this with others who found a new happiness because they didn't have to attempt to divine the desires of some inscrutible deity and they learned to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own lives. This is incredibly liberating.<quoted text>
Not necessary for me to do it.
You're the one claiming that people get happier when they drop religion and "live there lives"....
What do you athitards say?
You made the assertion, the onus is on YOU to prove it, or admit that's just your opinion.
I proposed a couple of methods to test this more generally, but you claimed that the inherent bias of self-reporting would invalidate any conclusions. While I disagree, I do see your point on this. But I would also then point out that any self-reporting from the religious side about *their* happiness is inadmissable.