Democrats and Republicans have two very different visions, but which one will make Americans happier?Surveys show that religious people think they are happier than secularists, and secularists think they are happier than religious people. Liberals believe they are happier than conservatives and conservatives disagree. In fact, in almost every group thinks they are the happy ones. So who really is happy? What political beliefs and cultural values really are most often associated with happy people? To what extent do certain beliefs and ideas cause happiness?Arthur Brooks set out to answer these questions, and to discover how American society and government supports these beliefs and values, and promotes the maximum happiness for the maximum number of people. His surprising conclusions - based on empirical research findings rather than shrill polemic - are presented in "Gross National Happiness". He reveals that there is a real 'happiness gap' in America today - and it lies somewhere very near the political fault-line between liberals and conservatives. It turns out that the values that bring happiness are faith, strong families, hard work, charity, optimism and individual liberty - essentially Republican values. In contrast, misery is provoked by aggressive secularism, family breakdown, economic dependency and an addiction to security - all values (or lack thereof) - associated with Democrats."Gross National Happiness" goes beyond just describing the differences in values between happy and unhappy people - it asks what can be done to close the happiness gap. He argues that governments can facilitate happiness, but only by leaving citizens to pursue their own private lives and desires - something that would seem to fly in the face of received wisdom which would have us believe that welfare systems, social services and the regulation of business are the happier options.