Activism Makes You Happy

A great recent post in the Guardian pointed me to this piece in Political Psychology.

I’m looking forward to seeing whether the political valence of activism makes a difference – in other words, does the substance of political activism make a difference to levels of wellbeing? It’d be a hard experiment to do – the standard spectrum of political opinion from left to right is a very poor basis on which to discriminate. Asking whether someone is a Republican or Democrat tells you vanishingly little their attitudes to politics these days. But I’m sure that with a good set of questions, and perhaps a wider universe than just college students, it’d be possible to come up with something sensible.