Folks, of course, don't have much control over their age or their gender but political affiliation is voluntary. That's the piece most interesting to me. Why are Republican's happier than Democrats? Even these days when our party has virtually no power in American politics?
Casual readers may, at first, answer that Republicans are "the rich" so, of course, they are happier because they have more money. Not so. The survey behind Britt's piece adjusted for income and found that poor Republicans are happier than poor Democrats; rich Republicans are happier than rich Democrats; and everything in between.
So, what gives?
I think religion might be a factor. I think that Christians are more likely to be happy than non-Christians for obvious reasons like hope of eternal salvation, etc. (Reasons obvious enough to Christians anyway.)
I also think that Republicans are more likely to be self-reliant. Republicans aren't typically looking to others - like government - to provide them with anything, happiness included.
Any other theories out there? Why are Republicans happier than Democrats?