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Leisure, both the amount and the quality, are important for well-being. Additionally, leisure, taken in certain ways, is important for physical and mental health. Leisure also contributes to the well-being of people other than the person directly enjoying leisure. When a person engages in leisure, the benefits gained are shared with others in a multitude of ways, including improvements in personal relationships, family functioning, and in terms of creation of social capital networks (at least from some types of shared leisure).[1]


Leisure and Well-being

The OECD’s Society at a Glance 2009 contains a chapter on “Measuring Leisure in OECD Countries“. The study looks at the economic theory of leisure time and trends in leisure in OECD countries. It also finds a positive correlation between leisure time and life satisfaction.[2]

As part of the project Global Floor, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy McGill measured governmental performance around the world in meeting the needs of working men, women, and their families.

This map shows how much weekly time off from work national governments have guaranteed workers (16 nations require none):

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This map shows paid annual leave (9 nations have none):


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See also


  1. http://www.sourceoecd.org/pdf/societyataglance2009/812009011e-02.pdf
  2. http://www.sourceoecd.org/pdf/societyataglance2009/812009011e-02.pdf


External Links

Adult Labour: A World Legal Rights Database – McGill University provides customizable interactive maps

Sarahgregory 15:31, 27 May 2009 (UTC)