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Research: Conservatives Happier Than Liberals

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Research: Conservatives Happier Than Liberals
Individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners, and new research pinpoints the reason: Conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities. Regardless of marital status, income, or church attendance, right-wing individuals reported greater life satisfaction and well-being than left-wingers, the new study found.

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, according to this....they already are.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I do concur guys! I hope we don't make our very loved liberal friends mad. :oops:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And Dave, you seem familiar. Do you post on other sites?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Exactly. Conservatives give privately. Let the private sector look out for those in need. Liberals moan until the government takes over and others suffer from either tax hikes (inevitable if a liberal is in power) or cutting of other funding.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's the big difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives give and help where they can, liberals whine and look to the government to help them
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
It's funny but I know of a lot of people who were helped by republicans when the liberals (who were sometimes their own family) did nothing. My husband and his family for instance, have bent over backwards a lot, for a lot of people, myself included.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
It's funny but I know of a lot of people who were helped by republicans when the liberals (who were sometimes their own family) did nothing. My husband and his family for instance, have bent over backwards a lot, for a lot of people, myself included.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
It seems liberals are mostly young people. As they get older and learn more about the world and gain more maturity, they become conservatives. Liberals think the people need to be taken care of. Republicans think people should take care of themselves. NOt to say that republicans don't realize that people fall into despair and problems and agree that sometimes people need a helping hand.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
It seems liberals are mostly young people. As they get older and learn more about the world and gain more maturity, they become conservatives. Liberals think the people need to be taken care of. Republicans think people should take care of themselves. NOt to say that republicans don't realize that people fall into despair and problems and agree that sometimes people need a helping hand.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Should say "are not a conservative..."
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
I was liberal when i was in my early 20's, so that definitely rings true for me! I was upset about every injustice in the world and wanted to correct everyone who didn't "see the light" so to speak.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
If you aren't liberal when you are young, you are heartless.If you are conservative when you are older, you are brainless.That old adage still rings true. Most liberals fall in the 30 and under catagory. The angst drips from every pore especially in the under 23 crowd. If it weren't politics it would be hair and skin care.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
If you aren't liberal when you are young, you are heartless. If you are conservative when you are older, you are brainless. That old adage still rings true. Most liberals fall in the 30 and under catagory. The angst drips from every pore especially in the under 23 crowd. If it weren't politics it would be hair and skin care.
Meike Meike 8 years
Having read the article, it's pretty easy to peg conservatives as happier in terms of inequality. Many conservatives accept inequality as a fact of life versus the many liberals who try to change that fact. Still, the research doesn't seem right to me. There are just as many conservatives who put themselves out on a limb along with their liberal friends to bring human rights to other nations. As a former conservative, I found myself often repressed from voicing an opinion and disagreeing with my parents. Throughout my late teens I started developing my own thought independent of theirs. My unhappiness stemmed from myself being a closet liberal under a conservative household. I have since opened up about my stances and while my parents remain conservative, they respect me for being liberal as much as I respect them and their beliefs. I think this sort of tolerance is lacking in our world resulting in much unhappiness for both sides, maybe more for the liberals because it is their lifestyles that many conservatives judge and actively oppose. Often enough, the judgment is mutual with liberals who probably perceive themselves as victims of a society dominated by conservatives.
Meike Meike 8 years
Having read the article, it's pretty easy to peg conservatives as happier in terms of inequality. Many conservatives accept inequality as a fact of life versus the many liberals who try to change that fact. Still, the research doesn't seem right to me. There are just as many conservatives who put themselves out on a limb along with their liberal friends to bring human rights to other nations. As a former conservative, I found myself often repressed from voicing an opinion and disagreeing with my parents. Throughout my late teens I started developing my own thought independent of theirs. My unhappiness stemmed from myself being a closet liberal under a conservative household. I have since opened up about my stances and while my parents remain conservative, they respect me for being liberal as much as I respect them and their beliefs. I think this sort of tolerance is lacking in our world resulting in much unhappiness for both sides, maybe more for the liberals because it is their lifestyles that many conservatives judge and actively oppose. Often enough, the judgment is mutual with liberals who probably perceive themselves as victims of a society dominated by conservatives.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
this is a broad generalization, but to me liberals are so dramatic. everything is a conspiracy theory. they accuse anyone who doesn't take their issue seriously of not caring, or being a heartless person. what's funny is that liberals frequently get wound up about topics I actually find important. The environment, and the fact that our climate is actually changing, no matter who you blame for it. I just might not think it's the end of the universe, and that we all have to get up and protest, and go around preaching to whoever will listen that everything we're doing is just deplorable, it's all our fault, and so many of us are just EVIL and CARELESS and WRONG. we should CHANGE, or face our moral demise!!! It's as self-righteous and accusatory as they claim conservatives to be. In fact, when people act that way with me, it turns me off completely. I am actually MORE likely to disagree with someone who talks to me like I am blind and stupid. I'm not saying any of you have talked to ME that way, but I've seen in happen in here. And the $hit flies both directions.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
this is a broad generalization, but to me liberals are so dramatic. everything is a conspiracy theory. they accuse anyone who doesn't take their issue seriously of not caring, or being a heartless person. what's funny is that liberals frequently get wound up about topics I actually find important. The environment, and the fact that our climate is actually changing, no matter who you blame for it. I just might not think it's the end of the universe, and that we all have to get up and protest, and go around preaching to whoever will listen that everything we're doing is just deplorable, it's all our fault, and so many of us are just EVIL and CARELESS and WRONG. we should CHANGE, or face our moral demise!!! It's as self-righteous and accusatory as they claim conservatives to be. In fact, when people act that way with me, it turns me off completely. I am actually MORE likely to disagree with someone who talks to me like I am blind and stupid. I'm not saying any of you have talked to ME that way, but I've seen in happen in here. And the $hit flies both directions.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
See now I didn't say all liberals, I just said many of the ones I know. That's not alot by the way. But I didn't lump all liberals into my comment.
zeze zeze 8 years
My opinion is that conservatives, because they are on the defensive a lot, develop a stronger commitments and thus become self-assured of their position. Liberals aren't and question things a lot, and the uncertainty isn't as comfortable. I also this stems from their nature, conservatives are more traditional, meaning they don't like to question, second-guess, or change, while liberals in their nature are not sure of much except not being completely sure. So conservatives end up justifying their positions and being happy with them while liberals don't do that and are always in limbo. I'm talking about overall generalizations here, so not really psychoanalyzing anyone ;)
zeze zeze 8 years
My opinion is that conservatives, because they are on the defensive a lot, develop a stronger commitments and thus become self-assured of their position.Liberals aren't and question things a lot, and the uncertainty isn't as comfortable.I also this stems from their nature, conservatives are more traditional, meaning they don't like to question, second-guess, or change, while liberals in their nature are not sure of much except not being completely sure. So conservatives end up justifying their positions and being happy with them while liberals don't do that and are always in limbo.I'm talking about overall generalizations here, so not really psychoanalyzing anyone ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Maybe conservatives stop developing emotionally earlier than liberals - y'all sound like wee babes who still think they're the center of the universe.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
That picture sure does look like the jungle cruise ride in Disney World.I'm not surprised by the results of the study. Many of the liberals I know are just very bitter people.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
That picture sure does look like the jungle cruise ride in Disney World. I'm not surprised by the results of the study. Many of the liberals I know are just very bitter people.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Aren't we happier because we know the only person we have to take care of is ourselves? We can chose to help others, but we don't have to.
janneth janneth 8 years
That is so true.
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