[Publication] Cultural similarities and differences in the relationship between types of leisure activity and happiness in Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese university students
An article written by CTR researchers, Dr. Eiji Ito (Wakayama University) and Prof. Gordon J. Walker (Wakayama University / University of Alberta) has been published in the World Leisure Journal.
Cultural similarities and differences in the relationship between types of leisure activity and happiness in Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese university students
Eiji Ito, Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan
Gordon J. Walker, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Ondrej Mitas, Academy for Tourism, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, Netherlands
Huimei Liu, School of International Studies, and Asia Paciﬁc Centre for the Education and Study of Leisure, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China
World Leisure Journal, 2018
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The purpose of our study was to examine cultural similarities and differences in relationships between Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese university students’ types of leisure activity and their happiness. Stepwise multiple regression results indicated that: (a) personal happiness was associated with exercising among Canadians, social activities and outdoor recreation among Chinese, and social activities among Japanese; and (b) family happiness was associated with sporting events among Canadians, and social activities among Chinese and Japanese. These results suggest that a fuller understanding of the relationships between leisure and happiness can only be achieved if attention is paid to cultural contexts.
Canada, culture, East Asia, happiness, types of leisure activity