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A Formula for Happiness
NYT Sunday Review ^ | December 2013 | Arthur Brooks

Posted on 01/31/2014 9:32:32 AM PST by Baynative

Beneath these averages are some demographic differences. For many years, researchers found that women were happier than men, although recent studies contend that the gap has narrowed or may even have been reversed. Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful: about 40 percent say they are very happy. That makes them slightly happier than conservative men and significantly happier than liberal women. The unhappiest of all are liberal men; only about a fifth consider themselves very happy.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: brooks; happiness
There's a lot more to the article. But, this jumped out at me because I live in an area where the majority of the population is very liberal and I've often remarked that people just don't seem happy around here, especially the aging hippie types.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 9:32:32 AM PST by Baynative
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To: Baynative

“Happy people do more good in the world.” —Dennis Prager


2 posted on 01/31/2014 9:36:27 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Baynative

Freedom makes me happy.
I’m not very happy right now.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 9:43:36 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Baynative

In my faith in the Lord I have found peace and contentment. I guess that makes me happy.

Not a surprise I’m also a conservative.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 9:47:25 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Baynative

I think a lot of happiness ended when women were forced into the workforce away from their children to satisfy the greed of the elitetists when it dawned on them that they could charge double for their products or services if they could get both parents to work.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 9:51:07 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Baynative
Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful: about 40 percent say they are very happy. That makes them slightly happier than conservative men and significantly happier than liberal women.

Agree!

I can't believe this is coming from the NYSlimes ;-)

6 posted on 01/31/2014 9:54:31 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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7 posted on 01/31/2014 9:54:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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8 posted on 01/31/2014 9:55:20 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: henkster

Happiness is fleeting, temporary and worldly. Love and faith in or Lord is a lasting joy even during trying times we can remain joyous in our Lord.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 9:55:49 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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WA Ping

Like I said, it's blatantly obvious up here in the Pacific North West. There is something uncomfortably odd about the liberals I encounter that makes them seem constantly mad, or upset. Maybe they're just annoyed with the rest of us.

10 posted on 01/31/2014 9:59:44 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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It’s been my experience liberals are the most miserable people on earth. They’re always “offended,” or they’re ranting and raving about something.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 10:05:56 AM PST by Nea Wood
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The most miserable people I have ever met are liberal women. I have always attributed that to the fact they are trying to live in a very unnatural world of their own making. They have convinced themselves they don’t need husbands (or men in general), children or family in their lives, that “friends” very often including a large cadre of homosexuals, can make up for all of that. The older they get the lonelier they get and the more miserable they get.

My guess liberal men are miserable because they are stuck with liberal women.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 10:07:19 AM PST by redangus
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To: Baynative

Smile more.

Read Joel Osteen’s book, “Every Day a Friday”; read it slowly.

Use a pen when reading it.

Order used on Amazon cheap.

It really is a goodie.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 10:37:54 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your lid on; don't let anyone dump garbage on you.)
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To: Baynative

Arbeit Macht Frei


14 posted on 01/31/2014 10:49:42 AM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: henkster

“In my faith in the Lord I have found peace and contentment. I guess that makes me happy”

Yes, I to am joyful, but I am going through a low point in my life (circumstances) That causes a need to be reminded of Jesus.

Thank You.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 11:48:22 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Baynative

Of course, there is a correlation between being unhappy and being a leftist. An unhappy person is looking for some outside force or entity to come to their rescue. And they simultaneously act (vote) as to create misery, misfortune and hardship that is consonant with their own dark view of life.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 11:48:50 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: Baynative

Now, the Progressives in WA are upset with Obama as well with conservatives because Obama takes them for granted.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 3:22:25 PM PST by Eva
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Mi<"Progressives in WA are upset with Obama as well with conservatives because Obama takes them for granted"

I live in Jefferson County where elections are controlled completely by liberals. I think both Gregoire and Obama carried the county with about 78%.

In 2008 when the first stimulus money was being handed out Washington State had $33MILLION to spread around for schools, at risk kids and after school rec programs. My county got ...ZERO after working like hell for the progressives. What they couldn't understand was why Gregoire spent the money to influence voters in swing districts rather than "thanking" them.

18 posted on 01/31/2014 3:57:46 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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Gregoire ended her term without a friend in the world. She had betrayed them all to please Obama by supporting the coal terminals, hoping to get an appointment in DC. First it was the EPA, but people in the EPA didn’t want her, then she thought she might get the dept of the interior, finally she was down to ambassador to Canada and she didn’t even get that.

I forgot the NLRB, which was her very first goal. Those recess appointments turned out to be more permanent than anyone thought, though.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 5:15:27 PM PST by Eva
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To: Baynative

They are not Liberal they are Progressives.. IE Socialist and Communist they are one in the same! they hate Capitalism, and the United States...


20 posted on 01/31/2014 10:42:57 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Baynative

Control freaks are never happy because controlling other people is such a daunting, thankless job.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 11:33:58 AM PST by Eva
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