Social Indicators Research

, Volume 99, Issue 2, pp 301–313 | Cite as

Alegría! Flow in Leisure and Life Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Event Satisfaction Using Data from an Acrobatics Show

  • Lung Hung Chen
  • Yun-Ci Ye
  • Mei-Yen ChenEmail author
  • I-Wu Tung


The aim of the current study was to examine the role of satisfaction-with-event as a mediator in the relations between flow and life satisfaction based on the bottom-up theory (Andrews and Withey in Social indicators of well-being: Americans’ perceptions of life quality. Plenum, New York, 1976; Lee et al. in J Macromarketing 22(2): 158–169, 2002). Four hundred and thirty-four participants with a mean age of 35.60 (SD = 11.76) were recruited from the audience of a “Cirque du Soleil” acrobatics show, performed in Taiwan in 2009. Participants completed the flow scale (Csikszentmihalyi in Flow: the psychology of optimal experience. Harper & Row, New York, 1990), a satisfaction-with-event scale (Lin and Hsu in Mark Rev 3(4): 497–528, 2008), and a satisfaction-with-life scale (Diener et al. in J Pers Assess 49:71–75, 1985) immediately after viewing the show. Structural equation modeling was conducted to examine our hypothesis that satisfaction-with-event levels would fully mediate the relationship between flow and overall life satisfaction. Results supported our prediction and are discussed in terms of bottom-up theory. Implications of the study are also provided for the leisure managers.


Positive psychology Well-being Eudemonism 



This study was partially supported by a grant form the National Science Council (NSC98-2410-H179-005) to Mei-Yen Chen. We are also grateful for the anonymous reviewer’s insightful comments for our manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lung Hung Chen
    • 1
  • Yun-Ci Ye
    • 2
  • Mei-Yen Chen
    • 3
    Email author
  • I-Wu Tung
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Graduate Institute of Physical EducationNational Taiwan Sport UniversityKueishanTaiwan, ROC
  3. 3.Department of Recreation and Leisure Industry ManagementNational Taiwan Sport UniversityKueishanTaiwan, ROC
  4. 4.Department of Leisure ManagementTungnan UniversityShenKeng, TaipeiTaiwan, ROC

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