How inequality hurts Romney’s happiness –

Jason Marsh says plenty of research links wealth to decreased empathy with less fortunate people…


“Being compassionate, having empathic accuracy, being trusting and cooperative — these are keys to social connection and, in turn, happiness,” says UC Berkeley post-doctoral researcher Paul Piff,..


“The research linking wealth and empathy certainly suggests one reason why Romney has seemed to demonstrate callousness and trouble connecting with voters on the campaign trail, with his comments about the 47% being just the latest example. In light of this research, the video of Romney carries another troubling implication: that inequality may be self-perpetuating, making the rich less likely to feel compassion for the poor, thereby increasing the economic gap between them.”


By Jason Marsh