Skip to comments.5 Reasons Liberals Aren't As Happy as Conservatives
Posted on 02/01/2011 5:35:52 AM PST by Kaslin
Did you know liberals aren't as happy as conservatives? Of course, you did. How could you not know it after listening to them incessantly wail, gripe, whine, and complain about everything? But, let's bring....drumroll, please -- the science! First, here's the Pew Research comparison between Republicans and Democrats:
The survey, released this week, points out several disparities based on lifestyle, beliefs and political persuasion:
* Republicans are happier than Democrats.
* People who worship frequently are happier than those who don't.
* The rich are happier than the poor.
* Whites and Hispanics are happier than blacks.
* Married people are happier than the unmarried...
About 45 percent of Republicans said they were very happy, compared with 30 percent of Democrats. Republicans have been happier in surveys going back to 1972, the Pew study notes.
Heres more from Arthur Brooks:
In 2004, people who said they were conservative or very conservative were nearly twice as likely to say they were very happy as people who called themselves liberal or very liberal (44 percent versus 25 percent). Conservatives were only half as likely to say they were not too happy (9 versus 18 percent). Political conservatives were also far less likely than liberals to express maladjustment to their adult lives. For example, adults on the political right were only half as likely as those on the left to say, at times, I think I am no good at all. They were also less likely to say they were dissatisfied with themselves, that they were inclined to feel like a failure, or to be pessimistic about their futures. Further, a 2007 survey found that 58 percent of Republicans rated their mental health as excellent, versus 43 percent of political independents and just 38 percent of Democrats.
Want to be a miserable person? Be a liberal. Want to have a happy life? Be a conservative. Why is that the case? There are a number of reasons for it.
1) Conservatives believe in personal responsibility: One of the tragic facts of life is that nobody cares as much about you as you do. That's why, if you want to have a good life and be a happy person, you're going to have to take care of it yourself. Conservatives get this. Liberals? Not so much.
Liberals spend a lot of time playing the victim and trying to come up with ways to get someone else to fix their lives. "Well, if the government forced some rich guy to give me more of his money, then all my problems would be solved! If our society could just make this change, then we could all dance in the moonlight with faeries and unicorns! If the government just added one more program, then we could teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, hold it in our arms, and keep it company!"
One of the biggest keys to happiness is accepting that if you want to be happy, you need to take personal responsibility for everything in your life so you can do something about it. On the other hand, you want to be unhappy? Act like liberals and expect other people to show up and fix your problems.
2) Conservatives are more religious than liberals: There's a school of thought, largely embraced by liberals, that says religion is an archaic, largely arbitrary set of rules that do little more than keep you from doing all the "fun stuff" in life. That view leads to not taking your religious views very seriously at best and atheism or agnosticism at worst.
On the other hand, here's an alternate view, one that many conservatives hold. Religion, particularly Christianity, isn't out-of-date or arbitrary at all. Moreover, religion doesn't keep you from doing all the "fun stuff" so much as it keeps you from committing sins that may be fun for a season, but ultimately end in sorrow.
We're right, they're wrong and that's another big reason why so many of us are happy and so many of them are not.
3) Conservatives are more likely than liberals to get married: Despite everything you hear about divorce and unhappy marriages, people who are married are much more likely to be happy than those who are single:
In 2004, 42 percent of married Americans said they were very happy. Only 23 percent of never-married people said this, as well as 20 percent of
those who were widowed, 17 percent of divorced people, and 11 percent of those who were separated (but not divorced) from their spouses. Married people were six times more likely to say they were very happy than they were to say they were not too happy.
Conservatives tend to place a considerably higher value on marriage than liberals do. To conservatives, marriage is the bedrock of society, whereas to liberals, it's not all that important. This is one of the reasons we have huge battles over gay marriage. Conservatives think it's dangerous for society to tinker with such an important tradition while liberals don't think marriage is all that valuable. It's also why "conservatives are twice as likely to be married."
Twice as likely? Why, it's almost as if conservatives believe all that stuff they're saying about marriage being the "bedrock of our society. Too bad liberals don't look at it the same way. They'd be happier people.
4) Liberalism just doesn't work very well in the real world: If you spend your whole life advocating ideas that make people's lives worse, that fall apart at the first touch of reality, and that rely on a government that's inevitably slow, stupid, and ineffective, it's not going to be conducive to your happiness. Liberal policies are candy-coated rat poison that may appear appealing at first, but inevitably do a lot of damage to everyone impacted by them. That's what happens when you back political policies based on how they make you feel about yourself.
Conservatives don't have that problem. We support policies based on what works. The better you understand the world and how it works, the easier life is going to be for you. On the other hand, if you spend your whole life trying to slam a square peg into a round hole, it's not likely to lead to contentment.
5) Liberalism has turned into an extraordinarily harsh, divisive, angry ideology: As a political philosophy, liberalism is centered around hatred and divisiveness. Liberals don't promote their ideas so much as they try to turn people against those who get in the way of their ideas.
Liberals lie to minorities and tell them that conservatives hate them, they tell women that men hate them, they tell the poor they should hate the rich. They try to pit the successful against the unsuccessful, the workers against the corporations -- and they regularly talk about their own country like it is one of the most godawful places on earth. That means liberals are, at best, extraordinarily cynical people who're willing to manipulate people for political gain -- and at worst, it means that they believe all this nonsense, which would make the world seem to be a very unpleasant place indeed. If you spend your life seething over a litany of grievances you've created from scratch in your own head, then you're probably going to be an Eeyore instead of floating on Cloud 9.
Being conservative means you have emotional maturity, which is an indispensible element of happiness.
Liberalism seems to be a developmental disorder which has the sufferer trapped in perpetual adolescence...and adolescence just ain’t a happy time.
Personally, I believe that #2 IS #1.
I think that stark difference you observe is rooted in a liberals not believing in personal responsibility. It just another manifestation of it.
Great post and thread. LAL! (Laugh at Liberals)
Smart people are happier than dumb people. It must be very difficult to get through life while not being able to understand written material, like, for instance, The Constitution.
Liberals less happy than conservatives - now there’s a revelation.
How much insight does it take to realize neither the view nor the smell is very pleasant when you spend most of your life with your head up your . . .
Unhappy, Bitter Liberal Journolists Punish America for Their Faults
July 24, 2010
I think the single thing we can away from the Journolist is that these 400 elite members of the medias finest are really just a bunch of scheming, disaffected, unhappy people. But isnt this the way all true Liberals are?
Like the unpopular misfit in high school who cant actually complete the science project, they decide to succeed by sabotaging everyone elses projects then sit in the back of the class making snarky remarks as everybody discovers their assignments have been ruined. Its a big joke to those in the group and they all joke and reinforce their behavior so it keeps on happening over and over again.
And so it is with the Journolist.
These are amazingly accurate in relation to the liberals I know.
Well, I am one Conservative who is not happy.
Here is one reason for liberals/socialists to be happy. Since 1960, they have gotten everything they have wanted as the nation moved irresistably to the left. They can see going forward that the idiotic elect orate is likely to continue to surrender freedom for security and vote for a complete nanny state.
I’ll be happy if I ever see the nation move back to the right at all. I haven’t seen it in my lifetime (born in 1958).
That is why I’m not happy. I’ve seen my fellow voters surrender one right after another while I get the tab, and I see no end to this trend.
I can only pray. Show me a less powerful central government where states have their rights restored, logic prevails, people take responsibility, and we quit supporting bums for doing no work, and quit paying people to push paper around, and I’ll START to be happy.
I can think of a sixth reason.
(Warning: This GQ article contains potentially offensive or objectionable content. It is advised that children do not read this article “The Elephant in the Bedroom”)
I am not rich...but I am happy...
I am not married..but I am happy...
I am Conservative....I dont dwell on all the troubles in the world. I can get with my buddies and drink beer and tell dirty jokes without looking over my shoulder to see if the PC police are watching.
I can shoot guns without feeling guilty. I protect myself and loved ones with guns without fear of offending anyone.
Liberals are twits.
Ping for later
Except during the commission of most crimes.
Their crackpot schemes are inevitably due to fail because they run counter to the laws of God, counter to human nature and counter to the laws of economics.
Yes, they gain in the short run, but Jesus Christ is coming to earth again and they'll have nowhere to hide.
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