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Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals
New research by the National Science Foundation finds that those who consider themselves to be conservative feel happier in general, possibly because of the way they are able to rationalize the surrounding inequalities. Of course, this is not to say that leaning left or right should necessarily direct our search for happiness, but rather the research presents an interesting look at what does factor into our measurement of happiness.
Societal inequalities and disparities that stem from lack of education, poor healthcare and overall poverty greatly concern liberals. They can't always rationalize why these inequalities persist in the first place and regardless of their own social standing, individual happiness suffers in the process. In other words, the status quo is less acceptable to liberals.
Being happier means taking an inventory of what currently makes us so and what doesn’t. Examining our political beliefs can help us understand this inventory, and drive us to make positive changes in society, which will ultimately increase personal happiness.
How do your political beliefs affect your daily level of happiness? [Livescience.com]