Couple of years ago a study by the Pew Research Center found that conservatives are happier than liberals. Now we know why.
New research by two psychology profs at New York University (surely the American capital of unhappiness) find that conservatives easily rationalize poverty, inequality and unfairness. If your country is sinking beneath the rising tides created by melting icebergs and climate change, well, that’s what you get for being Bangladeshi.
Liberals, on the other hand, care deeply. And the unfairness makes us very unhappy.
This will matter even more after the climate change cataclysm. While your smiling conservative neighbors are rowing through the streets in their SUVs, shooting anything they can find for food, and shoving aside anyone who gets in their way, liberals will furrow their brows and purse their lips as they try to develop systems where each person gets a fare share of whatever’s left so we can all survive together.
It might be more fun to go out drinking with a happy conservative, but when there’s only one beer left, it’s a liberal who’ll share it with you.