Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Culture, music, sociology
How are the performing arts and happiness sociologically connected? I propose that people who have attended a music performance in the last 12 months will report an increase in happiness. Additional knowledge-besides attending Arts-related events-is required in order to understand what makes people happy. I analyzed 2016 General Social Survey (GSS) data. The N for this sample is 1,272. Personal happiness is directly tied to one’s financial situation and their educational attainment levels and not to attendance at music performances. The results indicate that satisfaction with finances has a greater impact on happiness, and that White people also report being happier on average. Being satisfied with your financial situation has more of an impact on personal happiness than one’s years of education.
Smith, Byron, "Music Performance Attendance and Happiness" (2019). Sociology Senior Seminar Papers. 28.