Saturday, January 10, 2009

Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?

by Marcia Segelstein

Arthur Brooks, in his book “Gross National Happiness,” says yes. Approaching the subject of happiness from a scientific point of view, Brooks conducted research to determine, well, what determines happiness.

Being married and believing in God are among the top indicators for happiness, and conservatives are more married and more faith-oriented than liberals. Based on Brooks’ research, conservatives are generally twice as happy as liberals – and describe themselves as such.

Among Brooks’ other findings: work makes people happy. Seventy percent of Americans say they would continue working even if they became financially independent. Giving money away to charity also makes people happy. Brooks describes it as the only way to “buy” happiness.

1 comment:

Jason Gillman said...

I'm not sure if it is more happy or less bitter.. The liberal is infused with loathing for the successful people and constantly has it reinforced that the only way to bring up the downtrodden is by bringing down the more fortunate.

One HAS to be bitter to make that jump.