“If two people are demographically the same but one is married and the other is not, the married person will be 18 percentage points more likely to say he or she is very happy than the unmarried person.
“Religious participants are nearly twice as likely to say they are very happy about their lives as are secularists (43 percent to 23 percent). The differences don’t depend on education, race, sex or age; the happiness difference exists even when you account for income.
“Fifty-two percent of married, religious, politically conservative people (with kids) are very happy — versus only 14 percent of single, secular, liberal people without kids.
“90 percent of conservatives agree that “While people may begin with different opportunities, hard work and perseverance can usually overcome those disadvantages.” Liberals — even upper-income liberals — are a third less likely to say this.”
Catholic Fundamentalism believes the root cause of liberal unhappiness is envy. Liberals know that smarter people tend to make more money. In their hearts, they know that they aren’t actually very bright. Envy makes them unhappy with the way things are.
If people are going to be happy, they need to do two things, love God and love their neighbor. When they do that, they stop coveting. Conservatives are happier than liberals because they envy less.
When people are married and focusing on their families, they do better and are happier. When they are unmarried and focusing on obeying God and loving their neighbors, they do better and are happier.
Happiness relates to the degree that we love and obey God. God tells us “Thou shalt not covet.” Conservatives catch themselves coveting, they stop. When liberals catch themselves coveting, they justify it. Unhappily.