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Oct 6, 2020

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Today we are learning about active leisure! Why do we feel so “blah” after watching Netflix and what can we do instead? What psychological needs are we missing out on?

[00:30] Something exciting!

[02:30] Active leisure vs passive leisure

[04:35] The benefits of active leisure

[06:25] How does active leisure benefit us (vs passive leisure)

[11:10] An example of active leisure: Rock climbing

[13:05] Finding active leisure that suits you

[14:06] What are you actually tired of?

[15:54] A Happier Year is on Kickstarter! 



  • Hu, X., Barber, L. K., & Santuzzi, A. M. (2020). Does active leisure improve worker well-being? an experimental daily diary approach. Journal of Happiness Studies, doi:10.1007/s10902-020-00305-w
  • Kuykendall, L., Lei, X., Zhu, Z., & Hu, X. (2020). Leisure choices and employee Well‐Being: Comparing need fulfillment and Well‐Being during TV and other leisure activities. Applied Psychology : Health and Well-being, 12(2), 532-558. doi:10.1111/aphw.12196