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Geplaatst op 13 januari 2010 - 00:48

Een studie bevestigt wat velen zullen herkennen: in het weekend zijn we gelukkiger. Maar wat is nu precies de psychologie die hierachter zit? Deze heeft te maken met het feit dat we ons in het weekend autonomer voelen (we kunnen meer doen wat we zelf willen doen) ťn met het feit dat we meer in verbondenheid leven met anderen (we spreken af met vrienden enz.). Deze 2 factoren, autonomie en verbondenheid, zijn gekende determinanten van 'ons goed voelen'.

...The findings indicated that relative to workdays, weekends were associated with higher levels of freedom and closeness: people reported more often that they were involved in activities of their own choosing and spending time with more intimate friends and family members. Surprisingly, the analysis also found that people feel more competent during the weekend than they do at their day-to-day jobs.
The results support self-determination theory, which holds that well-being depends in large part on meeting one's basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. This study, conclude the authors, "offers one of the first substantive and theory-based explanations for why wellbeing tends to be more favorable on the weekends: People experience greater autonomy and relatedness, which are, in turn, related to higher wellness." By contrast, write the authors, the work week "is replete with activities involving external controls, time pressures, and demands on behavior related to work, child care and other constraints." Workers also may spend time among colleagues with whom they share limited emotional connections.
The study also raises questions about how work environments can be structured to be more supportive of wellness. "To the extent that daily life, including work, affords a sense of autonomy, relatedness, and competence, well-being may be higher and more stable, rather than regularly rising and falling," the researchers conclude....

University of Rochester (2010, January 12). 'Weekend effect' makes people happier regardless of their job, study says. ScienceDaily.

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