Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 325-342

First online:

Personality, Leisure Experiences and Happiness

  • Luo LuAffiliated withGraduate Institute of Human Resource Management, National Central University Email author 
  • , Chia-Hsin HuAffiliated withGraduate Institute of Human Resource Management, National Central University

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This study explored the relationships among personality, leisure involvement, leisure satisfaction and happiness in a representative sample of Chinese university students (n = 423). We found that (1) extraversion significantly correlated with almost all kinds of leisure involvement, but neuroticism did not correlate with leisure activities at all; (2) extraversion significantly positively correlated with leisure satisfaction while neuroticism significantly negatively correlated with leisure satisfaction; and (3) while extraversion and neuroticism were significant predictors of happiness, leisure satisfaction had its incremental effects after those of personality traits and other domain satisfaction were controlled. Implications of these findings for developing a Chinese psychology of leisure were discussed.

Key words

extraversion neuroticism leisure involvement leisure satisfaction SWB