How do you feel about your life, in those quiet moments when you’re laying in bed contemplating the larger issues?
According to a new study conducted by social scientists at the University of California, your political persuasion might affect your answer: Conservatives report feeling a high satisfaction with their lives which they believe to be meaningful. Liberals, not so much.
Independent Journal Review has the story:
According to the study, participants reflected on their meaning and purpose in the present moment, at the end of the day, and over their entire lives. Conservatives were generally more satisfied than liberals in every section, and researchers noted that social conservatives generally found their lives more meaningful than economic conservatives.
The researchers used information gathered from 16 countries, but the results were the same whether or not the people being questioned were religious.
I’m not sure about you, but this seems to track with my experience with real life as well. Perhaps it has to do with not being obsessed about being victimized, micro-aggressed, and aggrieved all the time.
“Our results showed that it can’t be completely explained by the fact that conservatives are more religious than liberals and religious people find more meaning in life than non-religious people,” David Newman, one of the authors of the study, told the Independent.
Or, maybe, there’s just a psychological benefit to being right.
Hat Tip: Independence Journal Review
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