The Impact of Social Factors on Happiness

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  • Title: The Impact of Social Factors on Happiness
  • Author(s): Jinman Kyonne
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: On Sustainability
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice
  • Keywords: Happiness, Social Factors, Tax Burden
  • Volume: 15
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2325-1166 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1182 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1166/CGP/v15i02/39-44
  • Citation: Kyonne, Jinman. 2019. "The Impact of Social Factors on Happiness." The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice 15 (2): 39-44. doi:10.18848/2325-1166/CGP/v15i02/39-44.
  • Extent: 6 pages

Abstract

The goal of this study was to contribute to the development of the happiness index through testing a meaningful variable influencing the concept of happiness. To achieve the goal, variables potentially affecting happiness were tested in twenty-one Asian countries, including South Korea. To test which independent variable affected the dependent variable of happiness at a significant level when controlling for the other independent variables, multiple regression analysis was conducted. The outcome indicated that tax burden had a significant, positive effect on happiness. The results suggest that a developed or developing welfare system makes people happy by providing better welfare programs and services, thereby increasing the tax burden.