Leisure and Well-Being

Blog #65 – Leisure and well-being   By Dr. Mark Barry When we think of leisure time, certain images tend to come to mind. It is not unusual to imagine leisure as an exercise in self-indulgence, whether sprawled on a couch watching yet another box-set on television or perhaps on holiday, stationed at poolside with…

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Can We Learn to Be More Optimistic?

Blog #64 – Can we learn to be more optimistic?   By Dr. Mark Barry   One of the simplest ways to define optimism is to think of it in terms of the extent to which individuals have favourable expectations for the future. The more optimistic will imagine positive events awaiting them, while pessimists will…

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Spending, time, and well-being

Blog #63 – Spending, time, and well-being In recent posts, we have revisited the topic of money and happiness. More specifically, we took another look at the widely accepted claim that spending on experiences trumps spending on material things for happiness and well-being, noting that recent research suggests it may not be quite that simple,…

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