Personal values and beliefs have a very big impact on how people go about their lives. If you feel good about yourself you can make the world around you seem lied a very good place to be. And with the faith of a higher power in your life that can only add the strength to where you are going. There seems to be a strong belief in God in this society by the number of Protestants with some kind of religious affiliation.
How you view your status in life can have a big bearing on where you stand in your life. Having achieved a certain status through things like education, life or employment opportunities can help you define who you really are in life. The people who are mostly happy in this society have probably reached a place in their lives that the status they have seems to be okay for them.
A lot of people don’t seem to become content in their lives until they start reaching the ages of being thankful for the time they have been able to spend on this earth. Age plays a very major role in where you see yourself on a personal basis and where you want go from there.
This society has a low percentage of minorities and that will always represent a disadvantage in all areas from education to employment. Even in this day and age racism still exist whether people want to admit it or not. You don’t see a lot of minorities in positions of authority across the point in view, there is one black doctor on the staff at the VA hospital