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The Concept of Happiness: The Bridge between Western and Eastern Thought, and Empirical Evidence of Bangkokian's Happiness Determinants Kanokporn Nitnitiphrut 1 n_kanokporn@yahoo.com Theme: Cultural Integrity & Sufficient Economy Research domain: Psychological Wellbeing & Cultural Diversity and Resilience & Community Vitality ABSTRACT Happiness is born from not only “self” but also “environmental” elements which influence human’s happy feeling. Following the concept of Buddhist Economics, the ecosystem relation consisting of body-mind, human-human and human-nature is used for this analysis, and then there are three dimensions of happiness: Man, Mind and Environment. The Man dimension is observed Happiness model with a self-reported evaluation. The Mind dimension is explained by descriptive analysis of the relationship between proxies of the Noble Eightfold Path using Thai proverbs and happiness factors such as age, gender, marital status, educational level. The Environmental dimension consists of two parts: social environment and natural environment. In terms of the pilot study, this study uses a random sampling survey with using happiness questionnaire. Bangkok people who are over 15 years old, and are living in Bangkok in March 2007 is sampling frame. Two statistical methods are chosen: Ordered Response for man dimension, and Chi-square test for mind dimension. 1 This paper is rewritten from a thesis, “Happiness Concept and How Thai People Perceived: A Pilot Study Based on the Survey of Bankokians, 2007”, Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University. Moreover, this thesis is recipient of the Honourable Mention Poster Presentation Award in Social Sciences and Humanities in the 8 th National Graduate Research Conference at Mahidol University, 7-8 September 2007. The author acknowledges her gratefulness for revise by Dr.Sauwalak Kitiprapas and Dr.Somboon Siriprachai, and grammar improvement by Prakirati Satasut and Wirunya Kokasemsook. Furthermore, the thesis would never come into existence without the support and encouragement from many people. I would like to thank my family, my advisors and committees: Dr.Somboon Siriprachai, Dr.Direk Pramasiriwat, Dr.Narong Petprasert and Dr.Chaiyuth Punyasavatsut, my brotherhood and sisterhood in Political Economy Research Center, and every teacher and friend from faculty of Economics at Thammasat University and Chulalongkorn University.
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2 “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle "Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have” – Anon “Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.” - John B. Sheerin (Cited in “Happiness Quotes and Proverbs”) 2 INTRODUCTION In the western studies, even though economics and psychology are two distinct disciplines, in recent decades many economic studies on happiness have developed under assistance from psychological theories for topics of definition and measurement, including framework and pattern of happiness. For
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