Probing Folk Happiness in Taiwan
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This paper examines Taiwan’s folk happiness, which means the subjective well-being of the common people. Subjective well-being of people refers to the judgments people make about their life satisfaction or happiness. Such judgments may include their satisfaction of life as a whole (global life satisfaction) or of specific aspects of life (domain satisfaction). Based on survey data from a large sample, the life satisfaction of people is investigated in two aspects—people’s personal life and their perceived conditions of living in Taiwan, respectively presented as personal well-being and national well-being or societal well-being. The meanings of the well-being findings are interpreted against the socio-political environment of Taiwan. The paper also examines the socio-demographic aspects, including gender, age, marital status, education, income, religion of the folk happiness of Taiwan. It is found that people in Taiwan are moderately happy.
KeywordsSubjective well-being Folk happiness Taiwan Greater China
The authors thank the helpful comments of the two anonymous reviewers. The data are drawn from a survey which is a part of a research project (Project 965908) funded by the “Project of Promoting Academic Excellence and Developing World Class Research Centers” of the National Central University, Taiwan. The works of Alex Michalos and Robert Cummins’ have been a continued source of inspiration. We are grateful to Professor Cummins for allowing us to use the well-being questionnaire of the Australian Center on the Quality of Life as a reference for designing part of the questionnaire for this survey.
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