Enjoyment and happiness

Haworth, John ORCID: 0000-0003-0693-6320 (2017) Enjoyment and happiness. In: McHugh, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6357-2979, (ed.) The Changing Nature of Happiness : An In-Depth Study of a Town in North West England 1938–2016. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 31-49.

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The chapter introduces modern perspectives on well-being, work and leisure as a context for presenting research on the importance of enjoyment for happiness and well-being, with comments on the implications for public policy. In-depth interviews show that high enjoyment , ‘optimal experience’ or ‘flow’ can occur when challenge is met with equal skill. Research using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM) shows the importance of enjoyment for well-being. A survey on happiness showing the importance of enjoyment is presented. An empirical model indicates the important role of enjoyment in well-being, linking personal and situational factors. The importance of enjoyment, visual interest and the aesthetics of everyday life for well-being is also highlighted.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enjoyment, Everyday aesthetics, Experience sampling method, Flow, Happiness
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
University of Bolton Research Centres > Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 15:07
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 20:22
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-65651-9_3
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1815

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