The happiness effect of competitive elections is real: Losing an election hurts. In fact, research shows that in presidential elections, having your candidate lose can depress happiness for months. How are you feeling post-election? In this episode, Arthur and Ceci explore the research on happiness and post-election suffering. Also, Arthur shares some much-needed advice for those attempting to cope with Trump’s loss; but for those celebrating a Biden victory, Arthur has some advice for you, too.
References and further reading:
How to Cope with Election Agony | Arthur Brooks
Losing Hurts: The Happiness Impact of Partisan Electoral Loss | Pierce, L., Rogers, T., & Snyder, J.
Presidential Elections, Divided Politics, and Happiness in the USA | Pinto, S., et al.