Leisure – Resources

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Peter Gray TED Talk: The Decline of Play 2014


Centre for Time Use Research

PositiveLeisure4Youth: EU Erasmus Project

Radio Programmes

BBC Radio 4 – Archive on 4: The Problem of Leisure  December 2019


The Science of Happiness Podcast Episode 87: David Byrne on How Music Connects Us. March 2021


Andrew Bailey & Irene Fernando (2012) Routine and project-based leisure, happiness, and meaning in lifeJournal of Leisure Research, 44, 139-154.

Emilia Bunea (2020) “Grace Under Pressure”: How CEOs use serious leisure to cope with the demands of their jobFrontiers in Psychology, 11,1453.

Eva (Hui-Peng) & Shane Pegg (2016) If I’m not gardening, I’m not at my happiest: Exploring the positive subjective experiences derived from serious leisure gardening by older adultsWorld Leisure Journal, 58(4), 285-297.

Amy Chan, Hyung Kim, Jungsu Ryu, Chungsup Lee, Kyung Min Kim & Jinmoo Heo (2020) Sport participation and happiness among older adults: A mediating role of social capital. Journal of Happiness Studies, July 2020.

Lauren Kuykendall, Louis Tay & Vincent Ng (2015) Leisure engagement and subjective well-being: A meta-analysisPsychological Bulletin, 141(2), 364-403.

KangJae Lee & Sunhwan Hwang (2017) Serious leisure qualities and subjective well-beingJournal of Positive Psychology. 

Satu Lehto & Kristiina Eskelinen (2020) ‘Playing makes it fun’ in out-of-school activities: Children’s organised leisureChildhood, 27(4), 545-561.

Huimei Liu & Shuyang Da (2020) The relationships between leisure and happiness – A graphic elicitation methodLeisure Studies39(1), 111-130.

Louise Mansfield, Norma Daykin & Tess Kay (2020) Leisure and wellbeing. Leisure Studies, 39(1), 1-10.

Jeroen Nawjin & Ruut Veenhoven (2013) Happiness through leisure. In Teresa Freire (Ed.), Positive leisure science: From subjective experience to social contexts (pp. 193-209). Springer.

Robert Stebbins (1997) Serious leisure and well-being. In John Haworth (Ed.), Work, Leisure and Well-Being (pp. 117-130). Routledge.

Robert Stebbins (2001) The costs and benefits of hedonism: Some consequences of taking casual leisure seriously. Leisure Studies, 20, 305-309.

Robert Stebbins (2004) Fun, enjoyable, satisfying, fulfilling: Describing positive leisure experienceLeisure Studies Association Newsletter, 69(November), 8-11.

Robert Stebbins (2012) Leisure and happiness: An intricate relationship. Journal of Zhejiang University 42(January), 31-43.

Robert Stebbins (2015) Leisure and positive psychology: Linking activities with positiveness. Palgrave Macmillan.

Robert Stebbins (2020) The serious leisure perspective: A Synthesis. Palgrave Macmillan.

Hai Bo Tian, Ya Jun Qiu, Ye Qiang Lin, Wen Ting Zhou & Chu Yao Fan (2020) The role of leisure satisfaction in serious leisure and subjective well-being: Evidence from Chinese marathon runners. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(581908)

Miao Wang & Sunny Wong (2014) Happiness and leisure across countries: Evidence from international survey dataJournal of Happiness Studies, 15, 85-118.

What Works Wellbeing: What Matters for Our Sense of Purpose? March 2021

Ziggi Ivan Santini, Charlotte Meilstrup, Carsten Hinrichsen, Line Nielsen, Ai Koyanagi, Vibeke Koushede, Ola Ekholm & Katrine Rich Madsen (2020) Associations Between Multiple Leisure Activities, Mental Health and Substance Use Among Adolescents in Denmark: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 21 December 2020