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Leisure is an experience one freely and gladly pursues, seeking respite from life’s necessities. This preliminary definition invites consideration of leisure’s nature, value, and relevance to business ethics.

The Nature of Leisure

Studies on leisure treat it as an activity, a state of mind, or a circumstance. Studies also distinguish serious leisure, programmed leisure, and casual leisure. Across these categories lies the question of implementation.

Activity, State of Mind, Circumstance

As an activity, leisure may be physical, such as hiking, or mental, such as solving crossword puzzles. Similarly, leisure may require active engagement, as when playing a softball game, or passive engagement, as when watching that game.

As a state of mind, leisure may manifest as excitement, as when skydiving, or relaxation, as when napping.

As a circumstance, leisure may be ...

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