〒180-0006 東京都武蔵野市中町2-3-5 IIHA武蔵野1階
Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The country trying to make all its people happier
Many people in South Korea seem to work too hard, both physically and mentally. They work longer hours than any other country in the world in order to get their job done, leaving their private and family time behind. Unlike individualistic Western cultures, South Korea’s collectivistic culture puts the community before the individual. So, they are constantly under pressure as to how they are socially regarded, such as job status, academic achievement, and financial success. These cultural factors seem to have caused too much stress and ranked South Korea among one of the lowest in life satisfaction and birthrate, and the highest in the suicide rate in the world. Now the government is very much determined to tackle their work-life balance to improve the individuals’ well-being by limiting the work hours and raising minimum wages.
Can a government make people happier in a short time?
Enjoy reading and think what happiness is about.