Social Indicators Research

, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 511–533 | Cite as

Temporal Aspects of Life Satisfaction

  • Lina Eriksson
  • James Mahmud Rice
  • Robert E. GoodinEmail author


Time pressure is a familiar phenomenon. The quantity of spare time people have clearly effects their satisfaction with their leisure and with their life as a whole. But so too, we show, does how much control people have over how much spare time they have. We measure this through an indicator of ‘discretionary time’, which proves to be equally or more important than spare time itself in these connections.

Key words

discretionary time happiness leisure satisfaction life satisfaction spare time time use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lina Eriksson
    • 1
  • James Mahmud Rice
    • 1
  • Robert E. Goodin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Social & Political Theory Program, Research School of Social SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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