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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 12, 2009 / 20 Sivan 5769

Get happy

By Greg Crosby

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm happy. Do you want to know why? Well, I'm a man, I'm old, I'm broke, and I'm a conservative. Put that all together and it spells happiness. At least that's what a new Pew Research Center survey has found. The survey says Americans get happier as they get older. The Center has also said that Republicans are happier than Democrats, and that old men tend to be happier than old women. How much money you make seems to have nothing to do with it either. How do you like that? Poor old Republican men, the demographic group that most people have been ignoring all this time, just happen to be the happiest of all the groups. Yippee!

So where does that leave those upwardly mobile, high income, young liberal women? Well, they're unhappy. They're sob sisters. Oh, boo hoo. But that really shouldn't surprise anybody because liberals tend to be unhappy by definition. If they weren't unhappy, they wouldn't be liberals. Unhappy people are the ones who want to change things, and that's what liberals want to do, change things. Happy people are satisfied people, they do not want to change things.

And that brings us to young people. When was the last time you ran into a young person who was happy with anything? Happy with parents, happy with school, happy with their jobs? Not even happy with themselves. And women? Does any man really know how to make women happy? Maybe Dr. Phil does, other than that I can't think of anyone.

Think all this has something to do with the recent economic colapse? Well, even before the economy got nasty, seniors were found to be generally happier than younger folks. Some of that owes to the American Dream being lived by past generations, while today's young adults work two jobs and watch their dream wither.

It's nice to know that in one regard, age can have its advantages. Oh sure, not all seniors are weathering the recession well, but for many the impact is much less severe than it is for younger people. Many people 65 and older retired and downsized their lifestyles before the economy imploded, according to Pew analysts. Most aren't raising kids and many are not so worried about being laid off. But the happiness thing goes deeper than just being financially okay. It's really about attitude. Its about your approach to life in general.

The study is extremely interesting in that it shows how young working women are basicly not very happy people. Liberal women even less so. Hmmm. Wonder why that is? It can't be that they feel "disenfrancised" because the liberals now control it all. They have the president, the senate, the congress, the majority of the judges, the entertainment industry, the news media, academia, and most of the lawyer groups. And young women play a significant, commanding role in it all.

Maybe it's because these young women expect too much. After all, they're told from an early age that they can have it all. They're taught that they can have a career, have as many romantic adventures as they want, be mothers, and they don't need a man for any of it. And what they can't get for themselves, Uncle Sam will provide.

Young women now earn more money than young men. A recent research study completed by the Department of Sociology at Queens College in New York, showed full-time female employees in their 20s surpassing same-age males in big cities like Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas and New York. More women are going to college these days than are men (less than 42% of college students are men), and girls do better in school than the boys do, they stay in school longer, and get more honors. Once employed, their advancements within the organization are quicker than are those for men.

Once upon a time there was a social stigma associated with getting pregnant without the benefit of marriage. Not anymore. The shame of having children out of wedlock is gone. Even the very idea of a young woman getting married at all is now considered an old-fashioned notion. Today's young woman can attend any university, go into any career, choose to marry or not, sleep with any number of partners she wants, have babies with or without a man being a part of the picture, and do all this with the total acceptance of society.

So with all of these advantages now, why aren't young women happy? I actually went around conducting my own little poll on the subject, but unfortunately I have no answers. All the young women I approached were not exactly forthcoming. Interviews went something like this:

ME: "Hello, I would like to ask you …

YOUNG WOMAN: "Get lost you old creep or I'll call a cop!"

But if you think this bothered me, you're wrong. You see, I'm old. I'm a man. I have no money. I'm a conservative. And I'm happy.

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