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Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Alpine, UT

The liberal NYT admitted this about conservatives? I wonder if that made them happy.

Clearfield, UT

Ignorance is bliss
- Orwell

one old man
Ogden, UT

Boy, I sure seem to be much happier than any of the conservatives I know. They always seem to have a new fear to worry about every morning. Or is it just after they get their daily fix of LimbaughBeckHannityO'Rielly or whatever?

Gloom and doom is all I hear from them. And when I try to cheer them up by pointing out all the good things Obama has done for us, they get indigestion.

Must be a tough way to live.

And if that's happiness, then I guess I'm not.

Tooele, UT

Re: "Why conservatives are happier . . . ."

Simple -- we're too busy enjoying life, and a little too smart to fall for all faddish emergency disaster stories the left uses to disingenuously justify its assaults on American liberty.

Liberal dissonance, and its cause, are well documented facts -- outward acceptance of all the wildly unlikely disaster stories leftists must pretend to swallow and attempt to disseminate, as the price of admission to handwringing, bedwetting, leftist/academic nobility.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

So does it then follow that if all you liberals want to find happiness you need to get married, get active in a religion and embrace conservative values?

Actually I think the causes and effects are a little mixed up. I think people who tend to be happier, or claim happiness on surveys, also tend to be the sort who enjoy family and religious ties, and that sort of people tend to be conservative. Unfortunately I don't think liberals would find the same happiness in conservatism, marriage or religion. It's just not in their nature. Maybe they are doomed to be unahppy libs. Is that why they are always trying to use government to take away other peoples' freedom and property?

Onion Daze
Payson, UT

Why is this story found in the "Opinion" section of the DN? IF it is straight information, then should it not be found in the "News" portion of the DN? Missplaced or perhaps not?

Salt Lake City, UT

Why is this piece "recommended" by the Deseret News?

Burke, VA

"I think people who tend to be happier, or claim happiness on surveys, also tend to be the sort who enjoy family and religious ties, and that sort of people tend to be conservative."

I guess I am an unhappy liberal. And it is statements like this that make me unhappy. Why do conservatives think they have a corner on family and religious ties and patriotism? It is the arrogance of conservatives to think their lives are more wholesome and more fullfilling that makes me sad and their assumption that their conservative ideas make them closer to God, apple pie and the American way that makes liberals unhappy.

For the record, I am a devout, fifth generation Mormon with four children and seven grandchildren (so far). Two years ago I buried my father who was a World War II veteren and dedicated his life in service to his country, in either uniform or civilian service. But he and my mother were staunch New Dealers who taught me that community and caring for others is the best approach. I know we practice that concept at church but we are less than 2% of the nation. Who looks out for the rest?

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Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Why conservatives are happier, is because they love to crash America.

ASK YOURSELF what's going to happen when things like fire and police departments start making cuts?. What about water quality and disease control and infrastructure maintenance and food inspection and a thousand other essential services that could and will be affected if America continues on this path to fiscal insanity?. WE ALL are suffering fiscal shortfalls in the billions and the politicians refuse to do anything meaningful about it. In essence, that is what is happening to our nation as a whole as politicians of both parties pay lip service to "balancing the budget" but ignoring the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room, neither party having the guts to tell the American public what is really going on. Our federal tax structure, voluminous regulations, NAFTA, and the other one-sided trade agreements we've made over the years have combined to move American businesses off shore, taking thousands of American jobs with them. Something has got to give and the way things are going it's going to be the economy, from welfare for the rich of The United States of America.

I say


Far East USA, SC

Just a bit of a disconnect. When you look at the happiest countries in the world, you find that most of those at the top of the list are far from conservative leaning.

"Once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia, Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do."

Salt Lake City, UT

So a conservative writer claims that conservatives are happier than liberals and gets his opinion piece published in the op-ed pages of the NYTimes.

Bully for him.

This is useful information... how?

I've got a crazy aunt who's deliriously happy. She spends her days chirping like a bird, she's so happy.

Doesn't mean I want to be like her.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

@ECR: These are of course broad generalizations. Do you deny the facts presented in this piece, that liberals tend to be more often single, less religious and less happy? I don't claim any causation, I just think the type of people drawn to liberal philosophies also tend to be less happy. The way we measure happiness may be to blame. That's as good an explanation as any.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Another daily affirmation article - from one conservative newspaper to another.

salt lake city, utah

All I can say is I know and have in my family staunch right wing "conservatives", Beckites if you will, and I'm positive if asked they would bubble over with happiness, yet I wouldn't trade them lives for anything. They are the last people I would ask life advice from. To a person they are delusional.

There can be a real difference between being happy and being satisfied. The liberals I know appear to be satisfied with their life (content with doing the best they could with what they had and what they experienced). The conservatives on the other hand measure themselves against an imposed standard of bliss..and of course they meet that standard..who can say different. Yet who talks about stealing my property (taxes), who talks about the undeserving receiving what they shouldn't, who taks about other people wanting everything for nothing?

Asking conservatives if they are happy is like asking Donald Trump if he is handsome..yea of course you are.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

procuradorfiscal said:
Re: "Why conservatives are happier . . . ."

"Simple" you nailed it pro.

There's an old saying that goes "in every emergency situation, there is always one person who remains cool calm and collected, this person doesn't understand or have all the facts."

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

I got the true answer here, let's see if the conservatives are happier than liberals and just do this. The Electoral College should be banned, and just go with the one that received more popular votes only is the winner.


Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Even though the article appeared in the NY Times, it was written by the American Enterprise Institute, an ultra-conservative think tank.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Is it happiness to think, "I got mine, Jack. Just leave me and my guns alone and we'll ALL be happier."?

Salt Lake City, UT

"Even though the article appeared in the NY Times, it was written by the American Enterprise Institute, an ultra-conservative think tank." Well that explain why the D-News recommends it. The D-News hasn't changed editorially since 1936.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

So let’s see if I have the takeaway here: if my house is on fire and I want to be happy, I should:

a.Curl up with a good fiction book (the older the better as that tends to increase its authority).
b.Stand outside shouting “the government will be any minute to put out the fire.”
c. Put out the fire yourself and then get on with life.

Those who choose A and B are the happiest. Does this prove the maxim that ignorance (or delusion) is bliss?

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