What Do We Get from Leisure? Positive Rewards

Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


Most leisure the world over generates hedonic pleasure and satisfaction experienced as casual leisure. Its eight types show the extraordinary diversity of this universal form of human enjoyment. The common sense image of leisure is founded substantially on these eight types. There are also some important benefits of casual leisure not typically included in the common sense image, but nonetheless recognizable as such when pointed out. Serious leisure, by contrast, attracts a much more limited set of enthusiasts, while nevertheless offering the far more profound payoff of fulfilling personal rewards. Its place in common sense is likewise very limited. The same may be said for leisure-based projects, which are also rewarding, though given their relatively short duration, not as deeply so as the serious activities.


Casual leisure Serious leisure Project-based leisure Leisure’s image Leisure rewards Positiveness Amateurs Hobbyists Volunteers Space 


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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