Leisure Routine and Positive Attitudes: Age-Graded Comparisons of the Path to Happiness

Behavior, attitudes, and lifespan development are key antecedents of happiness. However, little is known about the multivariate effect of those items on happiness. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine the comparative impacts of leisure routines and attitudes on overall happiness and to elucidate how routine leisure activities and attitudes may influence happiness at different life stages. Questionnaires were completed by 379 students and 253 alumni members of the same university. Analysis of variance indicated alumni rated locus of control and happiness variables significantly higher than did current students. Students rated the leisure routine variable significantly higher than did alumni. Structural equation modeling showed leisure routines had a significant indirect effect on happiness with attitudes as a full mediator. Multigroup path analysis showed there is little variance between the two groups. Findings indicate that one's routine leisure activities and attitudes can have a significant positive effect on overall happiness, and this path is consistent at different life stages.

(PDF) Leisure Routine and Positive Attitudes: Age-Graded Comparisons of the Path to Happiness. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/297893324_Leisure_Routine_and_Positive_Attitudes_Age-Graded_Comparisons_of_the_Path_to_Happiness?ev=prf_high [accessed Aug 27 2018].

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