the researchers surveyed black adults in Michigan. The results suggest the more the participants identified with being black -- or the more being black was an important part of who they are -- the more happy they were with life as a whole, Yap said.
The study also explored the reasons behind the connection. Yap said it may be fueled by a sense of belongingness -- that is, blacks with a strong sense of racial identity may feel more connected to their racial group, which in turn makes them happy.
That's a credible finding. The more atomised society becomes, the more likely we are to feel a sense of alienation. Those who are able to identify positively with their race/ethnic tradition are likely to be less vulnerable to such alienation.