Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 205–228 | Cite as

Towards a Benefits Theory of Leisure Well-Being

  • M. Joseph SirgyEmail author
  • Muzaffer Uysal
  • Stefan Kruger


We view leisure well-being as satisfaction in leisure life that contributes to subjective well-being. The model we propose focuses on how leisure activities contribute to leisure well-being. We surmise that a leisure activity contributes to leisure well-being by satisfying a set of basic needs (benefits related to safety, health, economic, sensory, escape, and/or sensation/stimulation needs) and growth needs (benefits related to symbolic, aesthetic, moral, mastery, relatedness, and/or distinctiveness needs). Also, further amplification occurs when certain benefits of leisure activities match corresponding personality traits and goals of the participants; safety consciousness, health consciousness, price sensitivity, hedonism, escapism, sensation seeking, status consciousness, aestheticism, moral sensitivity, competitiveness, sociability, and need for distinctiveness, respectively.


Leisure Leisure well-being Subjective well-being Life satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Joseph Sirgy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muzaffer Uysal
    • 2
  • Stefan Kruger
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MarketingVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityVirginiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.School of Business Management, Faculty: Economic and Management SciencesNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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