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Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals (Why NYT's Readers Feel More BARFED at Than Others)
New York Times ^ | ARTHUR C. BROOKS

Posted on 07/10/2012 4:19:14 AM PDT by lbryce

WHO is happier about life — liberals or conservatives? The answer might seem straightforward. After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking. And it was the candidate Barack Obama in 2008 who infamously labeled blue-collar voters “bitter,” as they “cling to guns or religion.” Obviously, liberals must be happier, right?

Wrong. Scholars on both the left and right have studied this question extensively, and have reached a consensus that it is conservatives who possess the happiness edge. Many data sets show this. For example, the Pew Research Center in 2006 reported that conservative Republicans were 68 percent more likely than liberal Democrats to say they were “very happy” about their lives. This pattern has persisted for decades. The question isn’t whether this is true, but why.

Many conservatives favor an explanation focusing on lifestyle differences, such as marriage and faith. They note that most conservatives are married; most liberals are not. (The percentages are 53 percent to 33 percent, according to my calculations using data from the 2004 General Social Survey, and almost none of the gap is due to the fact that liberals tend to be younger than conservatives.) Marriage and happiness go together. If two people are demographically the same but one is married and the other is not, the married person will be 18 percentage points more likely to say he or she is very happy than the unmarried person.

The story on religion is much the same. According to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, conservatives who practice a faith outnumber religious liberals in America nearly four to one. And the link to happiness?

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservative; flingingfeces; newyorkslimes
Here's the kicker for why Conservatives are happier than Liberals. It's because Conservatives are extremists.
FTA:What explains this odd pattern? One possibility is that extremists have the whole world figured out, and sorted into good guys and bad guys. They have the security of knowing what’s wrong, and whom to fight. They are the happy warriors.

Imagine seeing a book entitled "Why Jews are Superior to Gentiles" by Alois Schicklgruber aka Adolf Hitler. You'd either dismiss the book's premise out right due to the notoriety of the author or might just might peruse through a few pages simply out of a sense of curious bewilderment, eventually not only being insulted but getting angry, angry at yourself for being such a fool into reading a book with a title as ridiculous as the one you just read. The same thing goes just as easily for the slimes. If Conservatives are happier (for myriad of superior reasons ) the Slimes will find some pernicious pathological underpinning for it.

1 posted on 07/10/2012 4:19:25 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce
As usual, a liberal studies data and is unable to reach a valid conclusion

Perhaps this man wants a government happiness program- all they need is some ‘funding’ and they can decrease the ‘happiness gap’

2 posted on 07/10/2012 4:26:54 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: lbryce
If you are happy, would you crave “change”?
3 posted on 07/10/2012 4:33:19 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman ("Hope and Change" is PolitiSpeak for "New and Improved")
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To: lbryce
The real reason is because most liberals either feel like helpless victims or snooty elites that aren't appreciated for what they think. Which makes them all discontented.

As opposed to most conservatives believing they are resposible for making their own happiness.
4 posted on 07/10/2012 4:34:25 AM PDT by gatechie
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To: lbryce

The innovators of the left see happiness as something to be achieved, accomplished or acquired.

Conservatives see happiness as a by-product of right living.

As the leftist mind sees morals as changing, innovated by rationalism and situational rather than enduring, they have an unfixed standard that their lives are constantly measured against. This results in confusion and insecurity whose accompanying mental states do not include plain happiness.


5 posted on 07/10/2012 4:46:27 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: lbryce

Conservatives are happier because they are not as mentally ill as liberals. I would bet that on average, a conservative is far more mentally stable. Not as given to extremes in temperament as liberals.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 4:47:14 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: lbryce
After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking.

Yeah, it's called "projection".

7 posted on 07/10/2012 5:13:43 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: lbryce

Because liberals are born miserable, I know plenty of them. They are unhappy by birth, and they try to rationalize their unhappiness by inventing a terrible world that Government needs to fix.


8 posted on 07/10/2012 5:18:59 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: lbryce
After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking.

Gag me with a spoon!

9 posted on 07/10/2012 5:23:07 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: lbryce

Are we “Conservative, THEREFOR happy”? Or are we “Conservative AND happy?” Correlation does not mean causation.

TC


10 posted on 07/10/2012 5:32:39 AM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: All
I am an American Patriot.

You can brand me bitter, uneducated, racist and insecure. You can take my money, my pride in country and my health but one thing that is not for your taking is my love for Faith and for the true source of my individual rights, God.

I don't wrap myself in the Flag but I hoist it to the heavens for there is not a single symbol more recognized in this world as representing Freedom.

A true Patriot reacts to tyranny and injustice with not hatred as insinuated but with vigorous voice and knowledge. One does not give into pursuits of disinformation by any powers of government or party, indeed, a true patriot becomes the town crier.

I am not a fanatic nor an ideologue. I understand this land is not for my grave but for my memories lived through my children and theirs. It is in this understanding I recognize that human frailty allows for decisions that seemingly advance this notion but miserably fail in practice. It is to this I gain the wisdom and fortitude to not only respond to these doctrines of unintended consequences but to insure their disposal.

And in the end, if I can leave with valor and cause, I will gaze upon my Country finally at peace and with love.

11 posted on 07/10/2012 5:43:38 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: lbryce

I’ve lived in Manhattan, and people there are definitely not happy.


12 posted on 07/10/2012 5:45:58 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Mr. K

Just make a law that you must be happy!?!?!??!


13 posted on 07/10/2012 5:47:45 AM PDT by tiki
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To: lbryce

People who believe in rules and respect for rules, live better, are happier, than people who accept chaos.
Wow, bulletin...


14 posted on 07/10/2012 5:48:44 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: Paradox
They are unhappy by birth, and they try to rationalize their unhappiness by inventing a terrible world that Government needs to fix.

Best statement I've read today.

15 posted on 07/10/2012 5:52:05 AM PDT by Bearshouse
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To: Mr. K

They are unable to read a valid conclusion for the same reason they are less happy.

They are starting from an assumption not based in reality, ie, a lie. That lie is “you can be as gods”, ie, Humanism.

When you assume a lie is true, then procede to examine the evidence from that basis, only by accident will you ever reach a valid conclusion.


16 posted on 07/10/2012 6:08:19 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: tiki
Just make a law that you must be happy!?!?!??!

"Liberalism" in a nutshell! We can make humanity perfect if we make the environment and society perfect. It just requires that the most enlightened people be given enough power to impose that perfection on everyone else.

17 posted on 07/10/2012 6:10:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: lbryce

It’s hard to be happy when you absolutely hate your Country and have no God.

Pray for America


18 posted on 07/10/2012 6:29:06 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: lbryce

I fail to see why many of the postings here assume that the author of the article is a liberal, when his affiliation rather clearly indicates the likelihood that he is himself conservative. He even tweaks or teases normal Times readers at the end of the column.

So, are conservatives happy because of their faith and their more stable marriages, or do they have faith and happy marriages because they are already of a certain personality type?

I am sure that there is feedback between cause and effect here. There also another difference: in philosophy, conservatives admire self-reliance, which is the ideal condition of an adult. Liberals rationalize dependency, which is the condition of immaturity: at its most extreme, it is the condition of an infant, who is totally helpless, cries for its needs to be fulfilled by others, and produces nothing except bowel movements, noise, and regurgitated, partly curdled milk.

Liberals tend to be fixated at immaturity. Freud would say, this explains why many of them are gay. They have never quite completed the growth to maturity.

There is a giant feedback here of really world-class significance, and that is that a population of self-reliant people with stable families, happy and with low crime-rates, will be successful and productive and rich. A population of cranky, immature, unstable whiners who rationalize crime and believe in no standards (“moral absolutes”), who condemn their offspring to unstable, nonstandard parenting, cannot possibly be very productive, rich, or happy.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: lbryce

Greg Gutfeld says that liberals are always unhappy because they read the New York Times.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 6:59:28 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: JaguarXKE

There are things that are complex, and require complex thinking. Most things are not, and liberal’s love of complexity stems from their urgent need to deny the obvious that slaps them in their faces every day.


21 posted on 07/10/2012 7:08:01 AM PDT by chesley (God's chosen instrument - the trumpet)
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To: lbryce

Superiority + Guilt + Hate = Porgressive liberal


22 posted on 07/10/2012 7:15:11 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: lbryce

So, happiness depend on how you define the term and compare the expectation with the reality.


23 posted on 07/10/2012 7:53:35 AM PDT by paudio (OTP: Why do people want to rehire a mechanic who clearly only made their car worse than before?)
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To: bray

If I were God looking down on the world, I’d be pretty unhappy with the state of all us sinners.

That’s how liberals see the world. They don’t believe in God. They believe they can make heaven on earth. They think they can move all the chess pieces. If you believe in the perfectibility of man, you will always be saddened, miserable, disappointed and chastened.


24 posted on 07/10/2012 7:55:56 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: lbryce
Wow:

They note that most conservatives are married; most liberals are not. (The percentages are 53 percent to 33 percent, according to my calculations using data from the 2004 General Social Survey, and almost none of the gap is due to the fact that liberals tend to be younger than conservatives.)

Very telling! I couldn't imagine being married to a liberal; I guess they're not too good at it either. In the interest of full disclosure, I married a liberal a couple of decades ago but fortunately she grew up.

25 posted on 07/10/2012 8:13:13 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (Mandrake gestures hypnotically)
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To: Aevery_Freeman; windcliff; stylecouncilor
If you are happy, would you crave “change”?

Big time BUMP!

26 posted on 07/10/2012 8:51:15 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: JaguarXKE

———>After all, there is an entire academic literature in the social sciences dedicated to showing conservatives as naturally authoritarian, dogmatic, intolerant of ambiguity, fearful of threat and loss, low in self-esteem and uncomfortable with complex modes of thinking.
-————————>Gag me with a spoon!

Exactly! Do these people actually believe the BS they peddle?


27 posted on 07/10/2012 8:57:54 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

Honestly in their hearts I don’t think they do believe it, but characterizing conservatives this way makes then feel superior.


28 posted on 07/10/2012 10:42:25 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: paudio

I would say so. One man’s ecstasy is another man’s sorrow. someone’s triumph, is another person’s catastrophe. The state of happiness, of being happy is probably one of the most subjective of human experiences, states of being. What’s happiness, anyway? Nothing but a bunch of neurons combined, aligned a certain way, fleeting, ephemeral.


29 posted on 07/10/2012 1:40:13 PM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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