Five reasons why everyone needs a serious leisure pursuit

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Serious leisure includes a broad spectrum of hobbies, amateurism and voluntary activities requiring perseverance, commitment, and significant personal effort. Serious leisure is different from “casual leisure” because it is usually challenging in one way or another and requires long-term dedication and special knowledge or skills. Popular indoor and outdoor hobbies such as knitting, birdwatching, bonsai growing, and pottery are just a few examples of a long list of serious leisure activities. Research over the past four decades, including my research at CSU during recent four years, shows serious leisure participants enjoy numerous personal and benefits, which I categories into five clusters: cognitive wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, social wellbeing, occupational wellbeing and eudaimonic wellbeing. In this talk, I provide evidence and examples for each type and illustrate how we can incorporate serious leisure into our daily life. I also explain how serious leisure can help us be more resilient and purposeful in dealing with various life challenges, especially during the current COVID pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2021
EventCharles Sturt Edx 2021: Connecting in a disrupted world - online
Duration: 17 Nov 202119 Nov 2021 (Conference program) (YouTube links to sessions (Days 1-3 down right hand side under CS EdX 2021 Sessions))


ConferenceCharles Sturt Edx 2021
Abbreviated titleConnecting in a disrupted world
OtherOur learning and teaching conference this year is happening online from 17-19 November. The event will run from 9:30am to 1:00pm each day and will also incorporate some on campus activity on day two providing additional ways for people to connect. We invite you to reflect on, share ideas, experiences and practice of how we connect in a continually disrupted world aligned to four streams:

Future focussed
Innovation and quality
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