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.

“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.

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.

Or, maybe, there’s just a psychological benefit to being right.

Hat Tip: Independence Journal Review

Image Credit: Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and Major General Courtney P. Carr stand for the singing of the National Anthem at Lucas Oil Stadium before the start of the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers prior to leaving the game on Sunday, October 8, 2017. (Official White House photo by Myles Cullen)

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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