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The Key to a Happy Life: The Impact of Outdoor Activities on Happiness

by Miller, Madigan

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between outdoor activities and happiness. It is hypothesized that participation in outdoor activities increases happiness. A cross-section of data from the General Social Survey is used. After estimating the ordered logit regression on the Outdoor Activities frequency variable against General Happiness, Outdoor Activities is positive and statistically significant. Marginal effects and odds ratio tests confirm that when respondents participate in Camping, Hunting, and Playing Sports, there is a higher probability and greater odds that a participant will have the highest happiness level. When controls are added and other tests of robustness are run, the coefficient on Outdoor Activities remains the same and statistically significant.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27189
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
43 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
de Arajuo, Pedro
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05