Leisure and Happiness

Thursday, 14 July 2016
Location: Hörsaal BIG 2 (Main Building)
Distributed Paper
Nai YANG, Chinese National Academy of Arts, China
No matter you admit or not, it’s hard to deny that: leisure has a sacred mission, namely for the sake of happiness——lets the life full of happiness or happier, or embodies the happiness of life. But along with the increased leisure time, leisure styles and leisure activities, we surprisedly found that an increase in leisure was not proportional to the happiness index. What was the matter? Why the increase of leisure didn’t bring lasting happiness, some even didn’t bring happiness? Actually it was related to the essence of modern leisure. Regardless how detailed analysises on the elements of leisure or how perfect definitions of leisure modern leisure scholars have made, I think the most important is that we might have ignored a very important fact, that is modern leisure is the product of modern industrial revolution.The nature of modern industrial revolution in some extent is nothing but capitals ruling everything. As long as we make a relative analysis ,it will reveal that our leisure has changed a lot compared with traditional society, not only in form but also in nature. So we found such a great secret that leisure was kidnapped!