Title

Leisure and Happiness: Evidence from International Survey Data

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

34 p.

Publication Date

2-2014

Publisher

Springer

Source Publication

Journal of Happiness Studies

Source ISSN

1389-4978

Abstract

We study the statistical link between leisure and happiness. Using survey data from 33 countries in 2007, we find that (1) certain leisure activities, leisure’s role in self-fulfillment and social interaction, and leisure’s relation to work and other spheres of life are significantly linked to individual happiness; (2) the effect of leisure quantity is not as important as other aspects of leisure; and (3) some leisure activities can be negatively associated with happiness. Consistent with findings in previous studies, family income and individual demographic variables such as age and health condition are significantly associated with happiness. National unemployment and political stability also have robustly significant effects on happiness.

Comments

Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2014): 85-118. DOI.