Wouldn’t it be nice to know which groups of people tend to be happier than others? According to Chris Mooney, conservatives are happier. This is not the first person or the first article to postulate this, and I have yet to see an article that says the opposite. One thing pointed out in this article is that religious people and married people are happier, and conservatives are more likely to be religious and get married than liberals. But you can’t just look at one thing like that to conclude why.
Generalized personality traits of conservatives were compared with liberals, and republicans are said to be more extroverted, and more likely to have a fixed belief system than democrats.
I doubt that Fox News had anything to do with this study, but Bill O’Reilly and his crew might have had an ego boost if they heard about it.
When studies like this come out, its natural to think it must be political. And the person who writes such an article knows this, so they have to back their data up as best as they can. I tried Googling for a study which claimed liberals were happier than conservatives and I couldn’t find anything. Similar fascinating article: Is political philosophy biologically determined? It also talks about body language differences among libs and cons.
I noticed a liberal blogger’s response to what Chris Mooney said, and his response and it seemed deeply flawed when he gave a couple of “examples” of bumper stickers that conservatives have. (“Don’t Re-Nig in 2012″, and “I earned it – You can’t have it”). I’ve seen The Amazing Atheist also imply that a racist attitude like this is typical of conservatives. Sam Seder examined this bumper sticker’s purpose a little deeper.
I did a Google search for the happiness levels of blacks and whites, and a lot of articles were about studies which purported that blacks have become happier than whites over the past few decades. One study of interest said that black women were heavier, yet more satisfied with their bodies than white women. There are so many more happiness gaps to be studied and explained. Rich > Poor, Old > Young, etc etc.
So, readers… I’ve got a question for you now. Does this kind of information have any impact on your happiness? No? Are you sure? A study doesn’t necessarily prove anything. The general regional differences could also have something to do with it if its true (there is more sunshine in southern states than this is in northern US states.)