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Global Survey Finds Happiness on the Rise

There is a 10% jump in global happiness.

Do you find yourself smiling more? Do you walk around with an extra pep in your step? Have you been waking up on the right side of the bed most mornings? You’re not alone. According to WIN/Gallup International’s annual End of the Year survey, 70 percent of people around the world report that they are very happy with their lives, thank you very much. That’s a 10 percent jump up from last year, when people were only just kinda happy.

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Can You Guess the Moral Issue That Most Divides Americans?

One argument continues to divide us the most, and it's not gay marriage or abortion.

Twelve years after Dr. Jack Kevorkian went to prison for murder when he helped a man with Lou Gehrig's disease die, American's are still sharply divided about the morality of doctor-assisted suicide. With 45 percent of people believing euthanasia is OK, and 48 percent against the practice, that issue stands atop a new Gallup poll of the nation's most divisive moral conundrums. Second and third were abortion and having a child out of wedlock, which is surprising when one ponders the adoration of "Brangelina."

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More Than 40 Percent of Americans Believe the Rapture Is Coming

The May 21 doomsayers are about to find out if they're wrong, but there's a lot more where they came from.

With the world so close to May 21, 2011, the day some Christians believe they will be beamed to heaven from Earth, which will then be thrown into fiery chaos, it's perhaps worth taking a second look at the above Pew Research Center data from June of last year. The people who actually believe "the Rapture" is coming on Saturday have become somewhat of a joke amongst secular people and even other Christians. But according to Pew, they're not as out of the ordinary as you might think.

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Twenty-Five Percent of Republicans Still Fear ACORN, Which Doesn't Exist Anymore

GOP voters are still worried about a dead organization. Thanks, Fox News!


More evidence emerges all the time to suggest that fearmongering by the conservative media has helped create a permanently paranoid voting bloc. Last year, a shocking number of voters, both Democrats and Republicans, said they believed President Obama had raised their taxes, which isn't anywhere near to being true. And still others believed that the Troubled Asset Relief Program was a terrible failure, which is not accurate either. But today's new poll from Public Policy Polling trumps both of those paranoid delusions.

According to PPP's latest survey of Republican voters, a quarter of respondents believe that ACORN, the voter registration organization, is going to "steal the election" for Obama in 2012. In case you don't know, ACORN ceased operations last year, meaning 25 percent of Republicans still fear a dead organization. Thirty-two percent of Republicans said they're "not sure yet" whether ACORN will aid the president.

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The Happiest Man in America: A Tall Asian Jew in Hawaii

Gallup polling has put together a composite of what America's happiest man probably looks like.


Having every day for the past three years polled 1,000 randomly selected American adults on their quality of life, the polling firm Gallup believes it has has ascertained what things make a life in the United States "the good life." Jews are happier than Catholics, for instance. And taller men are happier than shorter men.

Using the data obtained and a formula called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, researchers were able to put together an interactive map of where joy is the highest and lowest in America. They were also able to give The New York Times a description of what the happiest person in the country probably looks like. Firstly, that person is a man. But also: "He's a tall, Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year."

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