Megan Schumann

How You View Leisure Time Could Be Making You Less Happy

By January 26, 2022

Happiness depends, at least in part, on believing that leisure activities are not a waste of time, according to a new study. “While work can impart meaning and a sense of purpose in life, leisure, such as time with family and friends, hobbies, and exercise, is what makes our lives happy and healthy,” says lead author Gabriela Tonietto, an assistant professor of marketing at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. “But not everyone sees value in time spent on leisure. Many hold a general belief that these activities are an unproductive use of time—at the cost of their own happiness….

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