Increased satisfaction with leisure and higher frequency of participation in leisure activities positively correlate with life satisfaction
Leisure is the time which an individual has free from work or other duties. It may be utilized for the purposes of relaxation, diversion, social achievement, or personal development, according to P Gist & S. F. Fava (1964).
There are a number of recreation facilities and services spread all over Uganda. Some people get involved in sports activities, spectating, music, comedy, tourism, travel and all sorts of entertainment for personal gratification. These recreation activities present numerous contributions to the participants.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines recreation as refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also: a means of refreshment or diversion. This introduces a different understanding that justifies a list of typical activities, examples of which are; reading, playing or listening to music, watching movies or TV, gardening and studies. Many of these are individual – self indulged, than group activities, all aimed at self-gratification and the creation of well-being.
Well-being is “what is ultimately good for a person” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy), and as “good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness and prosperity; welfare” (Dictionary.com).
Although what is good for one may not necessarily be true for others, recreation in general produces a state of benefit for those involved. This argument though, must take into account the fact that not all choice recreation is legal. Some activities – such as gambling, recreational drug use, or delinquent activities – may violate societal norms and laws.
Recreation is an essential part of human life and finds many different forms which are shaped naturally by individual interests but also by the surrounding social construction, Bruce C. Daniels (1995).
This is fundamentally true for without recreation, boredom is likely to hit hard. This relegates individuals to only the obligations that are necessary for existence, such as sleeping and eating.