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Why Republicans Are So Darn Happy
Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2008 | Eric Wiener

Posted on 02/08/2008 8:44:55 PM PST by Squawk 8888

After virtually ignoring happiness for more than 100 years, social scientists are making up for lost time. They're churning out hundreds of research papers on the subject each year. There are happiness conferences, a Journal of Happiness Studies, a World Database of Happiness. Happy, you might say, is the new sad.

All of this cogitating about contentment has revealed much about who's supposedly happy and who isn't. Most studies show that wealthy people are marginally happier than poor ones. People with pets or children are no happier than those without. People with active sex lives are -- surprise! -- happier than those without. No single morsel of happiness data, though, is more intriguing than this: Republicans are happier than Democrats.

A 2006 Pew Research poll found that 45 percent of Republicans describe themselves as "very happy," compared with only 30 percent of Democrats (and 29 percent of independents). This is a sizable gap and a remarkably consistent one, too. Republicans have been happier than Democrats every year since the General Social Survey, conducted biannually by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, began asking about happiness in 1972.

What to make of this finding? Is there something about being a card-carrying member of the GOP that induces a warm, fuzzy feeling, a sort of political Prozac? Or does the river of causality flow in the other direction: Are happy people more likely to become Republicans than Democrats? Or maybe neither explanation holds water and it only appears as if Republicans are happier than Democrats.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: alternatereality; dementalillness; happiness; leftuniverse; realism; utopianism; values
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1 posted on 02/08/2008 8:44:56 PM PST by Squawk 8888
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To: Squawk 8888
Well I am a Republican a and I am not happy at all
2 posted on 02/08/2008 8:48:12 PM PST by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our allies!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Republicans and conservatives are generally happier because we negate greivance driven politics and agendas.

And we love America, and appreciate it more than Democrats and liberals.


3 posted on 02/08/2008 8:48:39 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Squawk 8888

Democrats were very happy on 9/11.


4 posted on 02/08/2008 8:48:51 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Squawk 8888

Your always happier when you actually stand for something you can be proud of. So yes it does flow in the opposite direction. Plus knowing your right (no pun intended) in general creates a better foundation for being happy. Imagine the torment the left must deal with in their everyday lives knowing deep in their hearts that they are idiots.


5 posted on 02/08/2008 8:49:04 PM PST by Archon of the East (Universal Executive Power of the Law of Nature)
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To: Squawk 8888

I read the article and I will offer my own opinion. The reason Republicans are happier than Democrats is that political correctness has driven Democrats to feel guilty for living and breathing.


6 posted on 02/08/2008 8:49:22 PM PST by Biblebelter (I will NEVER EVER vote for McCain or any other current Senator.)
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To: Biblebelter

The other thing I’ve noticed about leftists is that the always seem totally consumed by angst and anger. I get upset about current events too, but then I get on with my life and have fun any way I can. Among leftists, I sense the attitude that nobody should be happy until all of their pet causes have been fulfilled. So not only are they upset about the issue du jour, they’re even more upset that other people are happy.


7 posted on 02/08/2008 9:01:22 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Archon of the East

I’ll do you one better...we’re less apt to be plied with the wiles of pure bull hockey.....thus we are duped less often....so we really arent all that happier...we’re less bitter....

Plus we get to make fun of liberals.


8 posted on 02/08/2008 9:04:57 PM PST by Crim (Dont frak with the Zeitgeist....)
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To: Squawk 8888
The reason that Republicans are happier is that we feel gratitude. Dems don’t have any gratitude for anything because they are too damn angry about all the other PC problems in the world. I’m always happy that I awaken every morning, have a good cuppa and then go to work knowing that I am doing a good job. I come home to our dog, who always loves me no matter what. Later my husband comes home from work and he too loves me no matter what. It’s the small things that make me grateful for each day.
9 posted on 02/08/2008 9:07:10 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Squawk 8888
If you believe that your life on earth should be utopian in its bliss, you are going to end up being profoundly unhappy went it doesn't turn out that way.

On the other hand, if you believe that you are lucky as can be to live in the greatest nation on earth, then you are going to end up being both grateful and happy.

10 posted on 02/08/2008 9:08:35 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: All
As a (for now) Republican, I may be a bit discontent at the moment, but on the whole, I'm VERY happy as far into the future as I can see!

Why the diff between R's and D's? That's an easy one.

When I look around me, I see America.

I see her Magnificent cities and small towns that are beautiful as well as functional.

I see her fascinating technology an her seemingly unstoppable ability to advance that technology.

I see her productive citizenry empowering an economic engine without compare. Others try to equal it but fall far, far short.

I see a generally happy and Just people with both disposable leisure time and income on their hands.

I see natural beauty and unending bounty that feeds the world.

I see a compassionate people who treat their poor better than the middle class in most other countries of the world.

And over it all, protecting it, I see a citizen Military, the most advanced on the planet, willing to give their lives to protect it all.

What does a Dem see?

A Dem sees a country littered with corruption, with unending problems that only they have the ability to repair if only they had just a little bit more of the money that the producers in this country produce.

A Dem sees a haughty, unjust, arrogant people who are spreading poison over the world.

They see an America where the economy isn't something to be tuned and protected, but to be plundered and regulated into insensibility until it's no better than the other economies in the world, mediocre at best.

Dems see the US Military as the enemy of all free people everywhere, enslaving them and stealing their resources.

I'm happy because I refuse to be unhappy all the way through the only life I'm ever going to get!

Godspeed and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

11 posted on 02/08/2008 9:09:45 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I’m happy because this is as close to hell as I’m going to get.


12 posted on 02/08/2008 9:11:42 PM PST by Hazwaste (Vote! Vote for the conservative local, state, and national candidates of your choice, but VOTE!)
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To: Squawk 8888

“I get upset about current events too, but then I get on with my life and have fun any way I can.”

Me too, but I have been surprised at the tone on Free Republic lately re: McCain’s apparent nomination. I can understand people being disappointed or disgruntled, but many of us are falling totally apart and making extraordinary threats. It is not the end of the world; I wish people would realize that, and work with the reality without extreme bitterness. Make the best of it, you know?


13 posted on 02/08/2008 9:11:50 PM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Ditto.


14 posted on 02/08/2008 9:11:52 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Senator Goldwater
Republicans and conservatives are generally happier because we negate greivance driven politics and agendas. And we love America, and appreciate it more than Democrats and liberals.

I couldn't add to that astute post.

15 posted on 02/08/2008 9:12:44 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Squawk 8888

The vast majority of evangelical conservative Christians tend to be Republicans. It is the believers, IMHO, who have every reason to be happy. They have read the final chapter in world history!


16 posted on 02/08/2008 9:13:08 PM PST by Doctor Don
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To: Squawk 8888

I think personal responsibility has a lot to do with it. It seems most liberals feel that somebody always owes them something - a LOT of something. Most conservatives are more grateful for what they have, and if they have a problem, look for ways to solve the problem instead of blaming somebody.


17 posted on 02/08/2008 9:13:11 PM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: Poetgal26

awwww, this is but one election cycle my dear, there will God willing be many more.


18 posted on 02/08/2008 9:14:02 PM PST by Grunthor (Juan McAmnesty - The End of America; Comitted to Mexico and 100 *&**& years!!??)
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To: originalbuckeye
lol. I'd DEARLY love to see a similar thread from DU :)
19 posted on 02/08/2008 9:16:12 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: Squawk 8888

I imagine it would be hard to be happy at 30 years old, unemployed and living in your mother’s basement.

Just looking at the average democrat based on observations at DU and KOS.


20 posted on 02/08/2008 9:20:21 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Squawk 8888

My view:

Repubicans are happy becuase they read and understand history.

Our moments in the sun are great, but we also know that the bad times will pass. They always have.


21 posted on 02/08/2008 9:21:51 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: Archon of the East
"Imagine the torment the left must deal with in their everyday lives knowing deep in their hearts that they are idiots."

Candidate for Quote Of The Day

22 posted on 02/08/2008 9:23:31 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Amnesty! Taxes! Censorship! Jihadi Rights! Gay Marriage! NY Times Endorsed! McCain!)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Won’t happen. The Dems are chronically unhappy. They just feel soooo guilty that they will never feel true happiness.


23 posted on 02/08/2008 9:23:53 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

couldn’t have said it better myself ;)

Life has to really suck being a Democrat. We know we are blessed.


24 posted on 02/08/2008 9:24:40 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
Life has to really suck being a Democrat.

It has to suck in ways that we can't even imagine.

THey have to be on the hunt for a constantly new crusade to sustain themselves.

They have to be constantly coming up with new lies in order to fit reality into their lead-colored glasses view of the universe. They have to come up with more lies in order to figure out how to gouge out a permanent 'just a little bit more' tax money to support their crusades.

They have to be constantly in motion, never able to take the time to be content and look at the beauty of the world around them. Never a chance to see the beautiful world as it is, instead of the dark side that their minds require.

Pitiable creatures, they.

25 posted on 02/08/2008 9:35:23 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Not surprising. The self-loathing of liberals and leftists is blindingly obvious - extends from their feelings about themselves to their feelings about the nation and society they live in.


26 posted on 02/08/2008 9:35:45 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Squawk 8888

Put me in the incredibly happy camp. Life is great.


27 posted on 02/08/2008 9:41:01 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (If you don't vote, you don't matter.)
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To: Squawk 8888

WHEN it’s all about MEEEEEEE....it makes for a very unhappy life.....and that’s a liberal....takers, NOT makers. Self centered, control freaks.


28 posted on 02/08/2008 9:41:47 PM PST by goodnesswins (We are not going to let McCain go all the way, when we’ve just had a FIRST date!)
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To: Senator Goldwater
Republicans and conservatives are generally happier because we negate grievance driven politics and agendas.

You wouldn't know that from reading FR lately. ;)

29 posted on 02/08/2008 9:43:21 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

< SNIP >

When you have to pretend that you believe that the Constitution actually matters while in fact you believe its language to be an obstacle to “social progress,” your language is not going to be as confident.

They despise the language of the Consitution but they can’t openly say it, so they are forced to call their organizaiton “the American Constitution Society.” They must playact. They can never, ever say what they mean. That’s why they sound unsure of themselves.

The lie, for all its power, always trembles in the face of truth.

8 posted on 07/08/2007 10:56:48 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don’t inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor—Paul Johnson) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1862843/posts?page=8#8


30 posted on 02/08/2008 9:47:49 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Happiness is knowing you’re right. ; )


31 posted on 02/08/2008 9:47:55 PM PST by TigersEye (I'm a maverick. I'm sticking with conservatism.)
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To: Marie2

I have the same thoughts whenever Stephen Harper does something I don’t like. Sure he’s not perfect, but warts and all I think history will judge him as our greatest PM since Laurier.


32 posted on 02/08/2008 9:48:02 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; All
If anyone wants to see the difference between R's and D's in the happiness dept. Go to the article and read the viewers comments.

The D's got there first and it's the normal sort of vitriolic disgustingness that you'd find at DU.

One reason that I'm happy is that to me politics is a hobby. When I walk away from FR and other political sources, I have a life to live that I enjoy immensely.

If you read some of those comments, you'll see that Dems never put it to bed and enjoy themselves. I read with particular interest where one says that they moved to Canada because he hated R's.

I have politics in my life. Their lives are about politics.

33 posted on 02/08/2008 9:49:38 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Because we know that McCain's gonna' LOSE!!!!!!

We need one page of these that are fronts and, one page of these for the backs, that we can print and cut, to fill the prepaid envelopes from the RNC and the ACU.

There will be a price to pay for supporting McCain.

We can vote conservative on Senate and House primary seats, and vote for anyone other than McCain on the Presidential seat, including a democrat in the general election.

34 posted on 02/08/2008 9:49:40 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Squawk 8888
I am happy most of the time, maybe the left is not because they always want to play the victim card. It would blow their victim status if they had smiles on their faces. LOL
35 posted on 02/08/2008 9:50:39 PM PST by Brandie (Just a Dittohead that loves America. NO to Traitor McCain and No to Huck the Hick)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Yeah, but even the happiest people in the world get PO’d now and again :-)


36 posted on 02/08/2008 9:51:02 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Squawk 8888
"The other thing I’ve noticed about leftists is that the always seem totally consumed by angst and anger. I get upset about current events too, but then I get on with my life and have fun any way I can. Among leftists, I sense the attitude that nobody should be happy until all of their pet causes have been fulfilled. So not only are they upset about the issue du jour, they’re even more upset that other people are happy."

I agree with what you said completely.

37 posted on 02/08/2008 9:51:37 PM PST by Brandie (Just a Dittohead that loves America. NO to Traitor McCain and No to Huck the Hick)
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To: EDINVA

Couldn’t say it any better than #11 by Heartland of America.

But also i believe Republicans are happier because we are Realists and work harder at solving problems rather than just complaining about them.

Dems seem to be more idealistic and since the reality doesn’t measure up to their idealistic dreams, they are perpetually unhappy..Many think they are intellectuals because their ideal worlds-Utopias- are better than the real worlds we deal with. But that sort of thinking causes much stress in their lives, hence more unhappiness.


38 posted on 02/08/2008 9:51:54 PM PST by billmor
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To: Squawk 8888

No surprise. Liberalism, socialism, communism — they are all based on the premise that nobody should have more of anything than anybody else. Ergo, everybody has to eventually share the misery. So, liberals are extremely unhappy that we haven’t reached the nirvana of everybody being equally poor and totally miserable (aka Soviet Union). It is a weird and destructive belief system.


39 posted on 02/08/2008 9:52:10 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
One reason that I'm happy is that to me politics is a hobby. When I walk away from FR and other political sources, I have a life to live that I enjoy immensely.
Amen to that, FRiend. My whole outlook on life took a turn for the better when I realized that politics, while important, is not the only thing that matters.

I read with particular interest where one says that they moved to Canada because he hated R's.
LMAO that clown must be miserable now that the Conservatives are resurrecting the REAL Canadian values :-)

40 posted on 02/08/2008 9:55:41 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: billmor

That’s true. When you see and accept that Utopia can not and will never happen then unhappiness begins to dissolve.


41 posted on 02/08/2008 9:56:43 PM PST by TigersEye (I'm a maverick. I'm sticking with conservatism.)
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To: Squawk 8888
LMAO that clown must be miserable now

lol. reading his response, I find it difficult to imagine the circumstances in which such a creature would be happy.

42 posted on 02/08/2008 10:00:39 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: Hazwaste

So far you are the only one that has made any sense.


43 posted on 02/08/2008 10:01:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Squawk 8888
To sum up in one pithy phrase:

I'm happy because I see America the Beautiful as the solution. Dems are unhappy because they see America the Horrible as the problem.

Godspeed and good night all ;)

44 posted on 02/08/2008 10:03:06 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead!)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Your tagline reminds me of an article that appeared in Popular Electronics back in the 1980s- Fred the Head had all of us tech geeks busting a gut.

http://ca.geocities.com/xxxtoytech/motormouth.html


45 posted on 02/08/2008 10:06:14 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Squawk 8888
I think it's simple : the difference is between self-reliance of conservatives, and dependence on the government or other organizations by liberals.
46 posted on 02/08/2008 10:11:09 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

You are on to something there. There is absolutely, positively, nothing that is more stressful than waiting for somebody else to take action about something upon which your life depends.


47 posted on 02/08/2008 10:13:18 PM PST by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
If you are happy.... why do you have MAD in your handle?

LOL....Just asking...

48 posted on 02/08/2008 10:22:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Yes, I should have added: It's who has the ultimate control of your life - you yourself, or government or other "benefactor".
49 posted on 02/08/2008 10:55:25 PM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Squawk 8888

“Are happy people more likely to become Republicans than Democrats?”

In my experience people who make bad decisions, have a miserable life and are bitter about everything are almost always Democrats.


50 posted on 02/08/2008 10:58:13 PM PST by detective
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