SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 11, No 1 (2011)

The Impact of the Perceived Physical and Social Environments on Personal Happiness of Residents in Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand

Wanippol Mahaarcha




Abstract


Existing literature recognizes that physical and social environments are important determinant of happiness. Studies have shown that the perceived environment more influence on happiness than the observed environment. The relationship of perceived physical and social environments with personal happiness should be examined in Thailand in communities in which there are current development projects. This study aims at examining levels of happiness and their relationship with perceived levels of pollution and perceptions about the social environment in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand. The results of the study confirm the hypothesis that a lower perceived level of pollution and a higher perceived level of the social environment increase levels of happiness. The results highlight the need to pay attention to perceived levels of the environment among people in Kanchanaburi communities. Community policies and programs should take these perceptions into account.

Key Words: Perceived Physical Environment, Perceived Social Environment, Happiness

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