Description: Quickly think of an answer to this question: “would more free time make you happier?” What do you think? If you thought, “it depends” then lay out what you think it might depend upon. Once you have your hypotheses in order consider this observation consistently offered by researchers looking at human happiness that humans typically are consistently wrong in their guesses about what would make them happier. So, with that statement of confidence in place have a look at the article linked below that discusses a large research project that attempted to address these questions to see how your hypotheses stack up against those of the researchers..
Source: Would More Free Time Really Make You Happier? HealthDay, US News and World Reports.
Date: September 9, 2021
We really are NOT very good at predicting what would actually make us happier are we? Too much free time and we suffer from feeling of non-productivity. Not enough free time and we feel stress and put upon. Clearly a lot depends on the attributions you make about what you are spending your free time doing.
Questions for Discussion:
- How do you spend your free time and what would you do if you had more of it?
- What sorts of things do you do that make you feel happier when you commit your free time to doing them?
- What other variables (beside ratings of happiness) should be considered when doing research on free time and happiness?
References (Read Further):
Sharif, M. A., Mogilner, C., & Hershfield, H. E. (2021). Having too little or too much time is linked to lower subjective well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. Summary Only
Mogilner, C., Whillans, A., & Norton, M. I. (2018). Time, money, and subjective well-being. Handbook of well-being. Link
Helliwell, J. F., & Barrington‐Leigh, C. P. (2010). Measuring and understanding subjective well‐being. Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d’économique, 43(3), 729-753. Link
Dolan, P., Peasgood, T., & White, M. (2008). Do we really know what makes us happy? A review of the economic literature on the factors associated with subjective well-being. Journal of economic psychology, 29(1), 94-122. Link