February 14, 2006

SMILE, LIFE'S A COMEDY:

National survey suggests you actually can buy happiness (PERRY SWANSON, 2/14/06, THE Colorado Springs GAZETTE)

Rich, Republican churchgoers must be the happiest people on Earth. [...]

The rich were the happiest of all among respondents to the Pew Research Center’s national telephone survey. But Republican Party members also were quite content as 45 percent reported they were “very happy,” compared with 30 percent for Democrats and 29 percent for independents.

Republicans have been the happiest even when a Democrat was in the White House. They’re also happier regardless of income. [...]

Overall, the survey found 34 percent of Americans considered themselves “very happy,” 50 percent are “pretty happy,” and 15 percent are “not too happy.” One percent of respondents said they didn’t know.

The Pew center’s figures are based on a telephone survey of 3,014 people conducted Oct. 5 to Nov. 6, 2005. The margin of error varies depending on the groups of respondents.


A Study Finds Americans Unrelentingly Cheerful (Michael Powell, February 14, 2006, Washington Post)
Dog and cat owners are equally happy, but no more so than the petless. Republicans and churchgoers have more pep in the step than Democrats and those who prefer to sleep late on Sunday.

White evangelical Protestants report they are happiest: 43 percent say they are very happy. Thirty-eight percent of churchgoing Catholics report being "very happy."

Thirty-six percent of whites and 34 percent of Hispanics report they are very happy. Both groups report being happier in greater numbers than do African Americans, of whom 28 percent report being very happy.

Geography plays a role. City folks and sweater-clad Northerners are grumpier than Sunbelters, who are happy except perhaps during hurricane season.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 10:56 AM
Comments

The news that someone, somewhere is happy will, of course, depress and enrage a whole other group of people...

Posted by: M. Murcek at February 14, 2006 11:42 AM

Unrelentingly cheerful!! How gauche, these crude Americains.

Posted by: Twn at February 14, 2006 12:04 PM

Hmm, Democrats and Secularists are more likely to be unhappy and depressed than are Republicans and church going Christians, who knew? I mean who could predict that cutting God out of one's life and make this imperfect world and the pursuit of one's own needs the central tenant of existence, could lead to unhappiness and depression?

IMO this just underscores the fact that the prevalence of BDS among the Democrats isn't just a symptom of this presidency, but rather symptomatic of the general poor mental health, and faithlessness, of people that are attracted to the Democratic party.

Posted by: Robert Modean at February 14, 2006 12:10 PM

White evangelical Protestants report they are happiest

In your face, everyone but me!

Posted by: Timothy at February 14, 2006 1:21 PM

But then, what do they know?

Posted by: erp at February 14, 2006 2:12 PM

Okay, repeat after me: correlation is not causation. From the data in this study you can conclude that being a rich Republican churchgoer causes you to be happy; or that being happy causes you to go to church, slap on a Bush/Cheney bumpersticker, and save your money; or that both are the common result of some other causes. This goes double with extra cheese for marriage. Is it that divorce causes people to be miserable, or is it that being a miserable person makes you more likely to get divorced?

Posted by: joe shropshire at February 14, 2006 8:02 PM

Why does it matter which it is? The point is not to divorce.

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 9:49 PM

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful
Wife
And you may ask yourself-well...how did I get here?

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the moneys gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

And you may ask yourself
How do I work this?
And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile?
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful house!
And you may tell yourself
This is not my beautiful wife!

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the moneys gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...

Water dissolving...and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Carry the water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones/there is water underground.

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the moneys gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go?
And you may ask yourself
Am I right? ...am I wrong?
And you may tell yourself
My god!...what have I done?

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones/there is water underground.

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the moneys gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...same as it ever was...
Same as it ever was...same as it ever was...


Posted by: toe at February 14, 2006 10:47 PM
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