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Election results can make you miserable, but can they make you happy?

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19.05.2019

The election's over. But how do you feel about the result?

Voting can have a big impact on the mood of a nation. Just look at the last time America elected a president.

The day after Republican Donald Trump pulled off his unexpected victory in 2016, happiness levels plunged among those who identified with the losing Democrats.

Labor supporters react to election results during Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's election night function. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

The collective despondency showed up in the Gallup Healthways survey which asks a sample of Americans to rate their own wellbeing every day.

It revealed a steep drop in life satisfaction reported by Democrats in the wake of Trump's election.

A new academic study used that survey to gauge how the past two presidential elections affected the wellbeing of the American people.

It found the decline in life satisfaction of Democrats after Trump's 2016 win was akin to when a person loses their job or suffers a health problem which prevents normal activities. In other words, the election result caused misery for a large group in the community.

And the gloom took a long time to lift - the level of life satisfaction reported by Democratic Party supporters had still not recovered 50 days after the 2016 election.

Die-hard supporters of a sporting team might identify with this. Many people feel strongly when........

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