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How was the weekend? how the social context underlies weekend effects in happiness and other emotions for us workers

Helliwell, J.F. / Wang, S.

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Abstract

In this paper we estimate the size of weekend effects for seven emotions and then explore their main determinants for the working population in the United States, using the Gallup/ Healthways US Daily Poll 2008-2012. We first find that weekend effects exist for all emotions, and that these effects are not explained by sample selection bias. Full-time workers have larger weekend effects than do part-time workers. We then explore the sources of weekend effects and find that workplace trust and workplace social relations, combined with differences in social time spent with family and friends, together almost fully explain the weekend effects for happiness, laughter, enjoyment and sadness, for both full-time and part-time workers, with significant but smaller proportions explained for the remaining three emotions-worry, anger and stress. Finally, we show that workplace trust and social relations significantly improve emotions and life evaluations on both weekends and weekdays for all workers. ©2015 Helliwell, Wang.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Issue Date
2015
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Keywords
anger; family; family study; friend; human; human experiment; laughter; sadness; sampling; social environment; social interaction; stress; trust; United States; worker; workplace; adult; anxiety; emotion; female; male; Adult; Anger; Anxiety; Emotions; Female; Happiness; Humans; Male; Social Environment; United States
Citation
PLoS ONE, v.10, no.12, 2015
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0145123
Journal Title
PLoS ONE
ISSN
1932-6203
Language
English
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