How do cultural activities influence happiness? Investigating the relationship between self-reported well-being and leisure


  • Victoria Ateca-Amestoy Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
  • Mariana Gerstenblüth Universidad de la República de Uruguay
  • Irene Mussio Universidad de la República de Uruguay
  • Máximo Rossi Universidad de la República de Uruguay



happiness, leisure, culture, well-being


Leisure is a human condition related to the discretionary use of time in a rewarding way that contributes to individual well-being. Individuals decide to engage on cultural activities to enjoy pleasant experiences. Cultural participation can be explained in different dimension, considering how the individual access those cultural experiences: by live attendance, by home consumption, by community practice. We find that the magnitude of the positive effect of cultural activities on the top happiness goes in this descending order: cinema going, participating in cultural events, listening to music, reading books and watching TV.


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How to Cite

Ateca-Amestoy, V., Gerstenblüth, M., Mussio, I., & Rossi, M. (2016). How do cultural activities influence happiness? Investigating the relationship between self-reported well-being and leisure. Estudios Económicos De El Colegio De México, 31(2), 217–234.