Exploring Leisure Time Activities and Sociodemographic Indicators of Subjective Happiness and Self-Perceived Health Among Filipinos


  • Joseph Anthony Lazareto Reyes De La Salle University




Leisure Activities, Philippines, Social Indicators, Subjective Happiness, Subjective Health


This study explores the relationships of subjective happiness and self-perceived health with leisure time activities and sociodemographic variables among Filipinos. It uses data from the International Social Survey Programme 2007: Leisure Time and Sports (ISSP 2007), and is the first paper that specifically investigates the case of the Philippines. Ordinary least square and multinomial logistic regression analyses were conducted in this study. Age was found to have significant negative relationships with leisure time activity engagement, subjective happiness, and self-perceived health. Body Mass Index was found to significantly predict a better self-perceived health. Cultural, TV/music, and social leisure activities were found to be significant predictors only in some of the outcome categories of happiness and health, whereas physical leisure activities were not found to be significant. Notably, subjective happiness and self-perceived health were significantly predicted by subjective socio-economic status, but not by actual family income. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of the Philippines’ context as a ‘developing country’ together with possibilities for an improved perception of quality of life among Filipinos.

Author Biography

Joseph Anthony Lazareto Reyes, De La Salle University

Joseph Anthony L. Reyes is Associate Professor at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. His research interests and recent publications focus on sustainable development, environmental governance, and equity; environmental attitudes, significant behavior, discourses, and knowledge orientations; gendered analysis of publication productivity; perceptions in social media and terrorism; maritime security and media analysis; sociodemographic indicators of well-being. Contact: jalreyes@yahoo.com    






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