Happy People Are More Likely to Vote


It seems counterintuitive, maybe, but according to a recent study of 1,300 people to be published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, those who are “contented” are more likely to vote than those who are unhappy. Further, unhappy people are not more likely to participate in political protests, to volunteer, to contribute to candidates, and the like. There’s little evidence that participating in politics makes you happier — but people who were more satisfied with their lives had a greater chance of getting involved in politics. So, what does this mean for the Tea Party? [Newswise]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 11, 2011

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