Happiness and Sociability in a Nonrecursive Model: The US and Taiwan Compared

  • Ming-Chang TsaiEmail author
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 60)


Researchers have conventionally surveyed an individual’s personal relationships and their effect on subjective well-being, but the hypothesis that happiness accelerates interpersonal relations has received insufficient attention. An individual’s sociability and happiness are expected to show a reciprocal relationship. This study offers a contribution to studies of well-being by empirically evaluating this mutual influence with a cross-sectional nonrecursive modeling. The data are drawn from recent large scale surveys provided by the General Social Survey in the US and the Taiwan Social Change Survey in Taiwan. The results from the structural equation modeling suggest that in the US, sociability indeed leads to increased happiness. It is more often that happiness leads to sociability in both cultures.


Happiness Sociability Structural equation modeling Nonrecursive causality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RCHSSAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan

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