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Meditation as a kind of leisure: the similarities and differences in the United States.

Choe, J. Y., Chick, G. and O’Regan, M., 2015. Meditation as a kind of leisure: the similarities and differences in the United States. Leisure Studies, 34 (4), 420 - 437.

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DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2014.923497


Meditation has been shown to be a cost-effective means to help individuals reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and depression. Similarly, leisure has been found to reduce stress, improve mood and contribute to overall health and well-being. The similarities and differences in outcomes between meditation and leisure suggest that a comparative analysis may determine if and how experiences and outcomes of meditation may be similar to and different from those of leisure and provide deeper insights into the ways in which both can contribute to improved quality of life. The purpose of this study is to examine the similarities and differences in meditation and leisure as perceived by a range of individuals engaging in meditation. Results indicate that meditators experience stress reduction, emotional balance and an enhanced quality of life during both their leisure and meditation. Many of the positive experiences and outcomes derived from meditation render it very similar to leisure. Nevertheless, meditation and leisure also differ in several important ways.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:meditation, stress reduction, emotion management, passive leisure
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:22960
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Dec 2015 14:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:54


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