Ross Douthat brightens our coffee:
The Daughter Theory
By ROSS DOUTHAT
FOR our age of wonks and white papers and warring experts, there ought to be a word — something just short of, though not shorter than, schadenfreude — for the gentle thrill inspired by a social-science finding that mildly unsettles one’s ideological opponents.
I’m thinking of the satisfied tingle a liberal might get from a study that suggests high taxes are good for economic growth. Or the spring added to a libertarian’s step by a report that environmental regulations hurt the poor.
Or the pleasure that I took recently from the headline: “Study: Having daughters makes parents more likely to be Republican.”
He goes on and it is all fascinating, but our sorta-schadenfreude quest continues with Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, whose topic is happiness (a noite he has struck before):
For many years, researchers found that women were happier than men, although recent studies contend that the gap has narrowed or may even have been reversed. Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful: about 40 percent say they are very happy. That makes them slightly happier than conservative men and significantly happier than liberal women. The unhappiest of all are liberal men; only about a fifth consider themselves very happy.
No blog reader is surprised.