May
07
2008

Conservative people are the happiest people around

Nothing to worry about: the minimum wage is happy where it is!
Nothing to worry about: the minimum wage is happy where it is!Courtesy kandyjaxx
Oh, man, there are some funny jokes to make here about how conservatives are happy because, um, they…

I can’t do it. Conservatives don’t deserve to be made fun of. Or maybe they do? I can’t think of a good reason either way.

Ugh. I’m so tired out, you know? I just want to take a nap forever.

A recent study, funded by the National Science Foundation, seems to indicate that conservatives are generally happier people than liberals. The research supports a 2006 study in which 47 percent of “conservative Republicans” described themselves as “very happy,” compared to only 28 percent of “liberal democrats.” These new finds claim to pinpoint the specific reason for the disparity: conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities.

The study found that conservatives were reported greater life-satisfaction and well-being than liberals, regardless of marital status, income, or church attendance. Conservatives also scored much higher on measures of rationalization, which “gauge a person’s tendency to justify, or explain away, inequalities.”

Statements such as “It is not really that big a problem if some people have more of a chance in life than others,” and “This country would be better off if we worried less about how equal people are.” The idea of meritocracy, for instance, is often used to justify economic inequalities; people deserve their “social class attainment.”

However, if one’s beliefs are unable to justify gaps in status, one is generally left “frustrated and disheartened.” Like, why are more conservative people happier than me? I try to be happy. I try very hard to be happy. But here I am, just… just sitting, and and

My keyboard is filthy. It should be better than this.

I think I have asthma.

“Liberals,” states the report in the journal Psychological Science, “lack the ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light.”

That might be true. I’m no scientist, though. That’s probably true.

The authors of the study believe that a similar logic lies behind other forms of inequality. For example, research has shown that egalitarian women are less happy in their marriages compared to their “more traditional counterparts,” because they are more bothered by disparities in domestic labor.

I don’t know. It just doesn’t…

Sometimes I feel like liberals are lonely more too.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

My aunt swears up an down that she's conservative but she is so ghetto and will cuss you out in a minute.... i don't think there the happiest people in the world, cause ppl who live on the edge are always excited and happy to do things others haven't

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:50am
twila_08's picture
twila_08 says:

I wish that i was a conservative so i can be clam because i be stressed out.

Twila Turnage

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:58am
flinch619's picture
flinch619 says:

alot of the conservative people i know seem to be close minded about problems in the world that dont effect them directly. without dwelling on the worlds ridiculous amount of problems, i would be pretty happy. according to one of my good friends iraq isnt a problem, we need to be there, because george bush said so. and he loves jesus so he must be right.......right?

that kind of blind following is another thing that might put conservatives at ease. it would be nice to just rely on someone else to do the thinking and go with the flow.

BOOYAKASHA!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:58am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Actually, conservative publications such as The Weekly Standard and The National Review have done a much better job of explaining and supporting our presence in Iraq than President Bush ever has. And they never mention Jesus.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:44pm
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Yeah... I like talking... It makes me happy and I laugh a lot...

U Kno Wat Im Sayin!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:04am
MrBig621188's picture
MrBig621188 says:

yeah my math teacher is consevreitive and i agree with most thing just litte differences couase us to have a convervsation

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:05am
BLB's picture
BLB says:

I am not a conservative person, and i am a happy person.... I know a lot of people that aren't conservative and we are happy together..hahaaaa!!

Yadadamean!!!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:09am
Kunicki24's picture
Kunicki24 says:

They are happier because they are closed minded, well not all of them but the ones in my family, are happy not paying attention to social problems.

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 10:11am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Come to the Dark Side, JGordon... ;-)

Seriously, though, a couple of points need to be raised:

1) It has long been said that conservatives focus on equality of opportunity, while liberals focus on equality of results. An over-simplification, perhaps, but broadly true. As long as the rules are applied fairly and equally to everyone, then the conservative doesn't mind that some folks do better than others. Perhaps they worked harder. Perhaps they had more talent. Perhaps they made good or bad choices. But that's the price you pay for being allowed to make your own choices, rather than having someone else make your choices for you.

Liberals, OTOH, look at unequal results and automatically assume there must be some nefarious reason. Fewer women then men excel at math? Why, it must be systematic discrimination! Fewer men than women want to stay home with the kids? Why, it must be insidious cultural stereotypes! The notion that millions of people making their own choices leads to uneven results never enters the calculation.

The truth lies, as truth is wont to do, somewhere in between. The world is nowhere near as fair and even-handed as conservatives would like to believe. Yet neither is it as skewed an conspiratorial as liberals often make it out to be.

2) Conservatives, by definition, conserve. They want to keep things the way they are. They find comfort in the tried and true and familiar. Liberals want change. Change is inherently stressful and uncertain. It also takes more energy to change things than to leave them be.

Conservatives also have history and tradition on their side. If someone attacks their position, they can always fall back on "we've been doing it this way for a long time and seems to work fairly well." A liberal defending his position cannot make the same argument. They do not have an entire culture doing things their way; they only have their own reasoning. And that, as JGordon notes, can be a lonely position.

3) Close-minded? Yeah, some conservatives are. But if you really want to see close-mindedness, try arguing with a liberal! ;-)

Like many people on this thread, I have liberal friends and a conservative family. When I present liberal ideas to my conservative family, they offer counter arguments, they try to poke holes in my reasoning, and, if they cannot convince me of the error of my ways, they simply agree to disagree. (Goes back to the comfort of having history and tradition on their side.)

But when I present conservative ideas to my liberal friends, something very different happens. There is disbelief -- you can't possibly believe that! I am personally attacked -- how can you be so stupid? Arguments are often met not by counter arguments, but simply by a "no, you're wrong." And for hours afterwards -- sometimes for months or years -- there is a distance, a puling back, a re-assessment of my worth.

It is said, conservatives look for converts; liberals look for heretics. A generalization? Sure. But aspects of this happen often enough to constitute a trend. Read the political blogs and you'll see it happening.

It is also said: conservatives think liberals are wrong; liberals think conservatives are evil. Another gross overstatement. Nevertheless, it is possible to be perfectly happy when you believe you are right and everybody else is wrong. It's much more difficult to be happy when you think that everybody around you is evil.

So to liberals and conservatives alike, I say: lighten up!

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:39pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Maybe it's not liberal vs. conservative that determines happiness. Maybe it's democracy vs. other forms of government that's the deciding factor.

And given the liberal infatuation with various forms of socialism... ;-)

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 3:29pm
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

I think it just depend on people lives. It's true that there are happiest people out there, but how do we measure it?

posted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 9:29pm
Victory's picture
Victory says:

In any poll, survey or study it is the questions asked and how they are asked which is important. I have answered so many in my own little "survey" and came to the conclusion that it is the day's events which influence my answers the most. Some days I feel content. Other days I want to throw in the towel. So happiness isn't a static thing, it ebbs and flows. As does unhappiness. So studies are usually flawed in the first place. But I will venture to say that among my liberal friends there seems to be a conviction that there are forces out to steal what happiness they have and conservatives maintain happiness is theirs to make happen. That makes me a moderate I guess!!

posted on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 10:08am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Not only are they happier, but a Gallup poll shows they have better mental health.

Oh, there are so many comments I'm not going to make....

posted on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 10:44am
DO's picture
DO says:

Bush and his gang are not conservatives. The are believers in big business is always right even though big business (and other large institutions) are often barriers to equal opportunity due to their size and power. Of course, the poll results could be a result of a skewed sample, poor question wording or other factors including chance. If true, it's because, like Ayn Rand they do not see theriselves are their brothers' keepers. Your're on your own babe!

posted on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How does Gallup measure mental health?

posted on Fri, 05/30/2008 - 3:44pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Not only are conservatives happier, they are also nicer.

Darn. guess no more hiding behind the facade of "Right Wing Death Beast."

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 5:01pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

That's pretty much true. I suppose I'm fairly liberal, and I stomped on a baby bird today. It was an accident, sure, but I didn't regret it.

Although...the author of that article, Peter Schweizer, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank. That's no fair.

But we all have our biases, so who has the right to write sassy little pieces like that? Me, obviously, but beyond that, I want my value judgments to come from computers and robots, or, failing that, aliens. They've got no horse in this race.

posted on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 5:24pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It may not be a liberal-vs.-conservative thing. Turns out American in general are a pretty happy lot.

posted on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 12:03pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Liberals may or may not be less happy, but they do tend to swear more, at least on their blogs.

posted on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 10:00pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Bull.

posted on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 9:52am

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