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While many us believe family and a spoonful of frosting (OK, three spoonfuls) can help us weather tough times, a majority of Americans—93% to be exact, according to a 2011 Gallup poll—also believe in something else: God. And recent research in the Journal of Affective Disorders finds that high-power believers may be onto something, especially if they are suffering from mental illness.

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