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‘Commuting is one of the things we hate.’ (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
‘Commuting is one of the things we hate.’ (Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

Keynes' theory

Where’s our life of leisure? Add to ...

“I’ve specifically chosen a career that allows for flexibility. However, like most others, I feel both internal and external pressure to work harder, faster, longer. The flexibility of my job really means I never get away from work – if I am on vacation, work often comes with me. I have to make a conscious effort to protect my leisure time. If I was independently wealthy, I’d travel to exotic places, read, kayak, and spend time with friends and family – all things I currently do, but would really like to do for longer periods of time or more often.” – Amanda Johnson

“I’m an academic. What do you think? I would read more.” – June Cotte

“My devoted leisure is often spent with family and friends. I incorporate a lot of small trips, go to concerts and a few professional sports events. I watch television, volunteer for several organizations, and work full time. Many aspects of my workday result in a sense of leisure and well-being, in addition to a meaningful product. When I’m stressed or unhappy, I know I have not been investing in maintaining balance my life. That realization helps me re-think what I’ll do in the days or weeks to come to reverse the pattern. Perhaps leisure is more about taking control of one’s opportunities and less about a consistent time that may or may not result in pleasure. So what is measured often influences the results.” – Veda Ward

“If I had more leisure, I would read more novels.” – Nicole Fortin

“I’m 75 and working full time. That is in part due to fact that I like what I am doing and in part to not knowing what I would do if I had more leisure time.” – Chris Green

“A three-star lunch in Paris and other European travel.” – John Robinson

“Everyone always strictly prefers more money and more time. I would like more of both. But, as always, budget constraints always kick in. Holding my income constant, if I had more leisure,I’d spend more time with my kids.” – Eric Hurst

“The issue is not more leisure, but the configuration in which gains in leisure come. If it's an extra one-half hour a day, I’d probably watch more TV or read. If it's an extra three days, twice a year, I’d visit my daughter in Vancouver. If my sense of time slows down or disappears, I’d write more poetry or watch the slow, sweet arrival of darkness from my deck.” – Geoffrey Godbey

“There's some great research on subjective well-being that suggests it's not things that make us happy, but experiences. Many of these experiences occur during our leisure. Some of the best leisure experiences I've had have been travelling with my wife. Put the two of us in a canoe in a national park or wilderness area – leave our laptops, smartphones, and even wristwatches behind and, as one of my students once put it, we will once again experience our lives in colour, rather than the black-and-white of everyday life.” – Gordon Walker

“I’m an occupational devotee. I love what I do. I’m not quitting until my mind runs out. Mainly I write. That is my leisure, though I also play music and mountain scramble.” – Robert Stebbins

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