In the life of the runaway people are eager to get the moments of leisure. They keep thinking that when they get time that I can take some rest. But this leisure can also bother you. Researchers from The Ohio State University have reported that when it comes to your mind that you are sitting idle in your leisure and no work is being done, it reduces your pleasure of being free and increases stress and depression.
This research is published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Researchers have conducted several studies on the common belief of modern society that the ultimate goal is productivity and fun is a waste of time. Celine Malcock, a professor of marketing at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and co-author of the study, said that most people believed that they were also mentally weak in their leisure time.
He said that many researches have been done in which it has been said that people have mental benefits due to leisure and it has increased productivity. But we have found that if people start thinking that leisure is worthless, they become more depressed and stressed. Another researcher and co-author, Rebecca Reykczek, said that people who are bored are more beneficial if they use leisure time for a productive task.
What you do or think in your leisure time determines the state of happiness, stress or depression. If you exercise in your spare time, you can get happiness and if you waste time watching TV then you can become a victim of depression.
Treating recreational activities as useless increases the problem
The sense of negativity in leisure time is not limited to any one country or region. A comparative study conducted on America, India and France found that the people of France had less negativity than the Americans, whereas in India, due to cultural stereotypes, most people consider leisure time as useless. But even among the people of France who looked at leisure time with contempt, its side effects were the same. Rebecca Rakzek says that we live in a global society where the message goes far and wide that it is important to stay engaged and engaged in productive work. In such a situation, if you once assumed that leisure or entertainment is useless, then our research concludes that you will be more depressed and will not be able to be happy.