Contrary to the common notion that paying taxes can be a painful experience, researchers at the University of Oregon say the practice actually may trigger feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

“Paying taxes can make citizens happy,” Ulrich Mayr, a professor of psychology, said in a release accompanying the study in the Friday issue of Science.”

That warm glow of altruistic satisfaction is yours when you pay taxes. It has now been found that the smirk you find on the face of the income tax officer when he makes a heavy demand on you is a product of altruism as well.Actually he wants to fill your life with a sense of purpose and a meaning in an otherwise drab life . He also motivates you to start working harder so that you earn more and pay more taxes the next season.