It’s official, we are happier at the weekend, a new study has revealed. And how true that is! It doesn’t matter how much you love your job, you feel livelier at weekends, in the company of family and friends!
This latest study has confirmed what most of us have often thought — people really are happier at the weekend.
According to a recent study, people experience better moods, greater vitality and fewer aches and pains, starting Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, even if they like their job.
The study, the first of its kind into the mood variations of employed adults, found that regardless of income, working hours, profession or age, men and women alike consistently feel better mentally and physically at the weekend.
“Workers, even those with interesting, high-status jobs, really are happier on the weekend,” said Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. “Our findings highlight just how important free time is to an individual’s well-being.”
The study concluded that weekends are associated with higher levels of freedom and closeness, as individuals are involved in activities of their own choosing or spending time with more intimate family members and friends. By contrast, the study suggests, the work week is filled “with activities involving external controls, time pressures, and demands on behavior related to work, child care and other constraints.”
These findings support the theory that our well-being may be partially dependent on meeting basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. “Far from frivolous, the relatively unfettered time on weekends provides critical opportunities for bonding with others, exploring interests and relaxing — basic psychological needs that people should be careful not to crowd out with overwork,” Ryan cautioned.