Positive emotions and passionate leisure involvement

  • Harmon J
  • Kyle G
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Abstract

Music is commonly linked to moments of remembrance, joy, celebration and bonding. This paper explores how middle-aged participants in a music scene use the various aspects of their involvement to create and store positive emotions cultivated through music appreciation, friendship building and maintenance, and shared moments of ecstasy and catharsis. Due to the prevalence of significant life events and transitions in this age cohort (relationship, career and health changes), isolating how people use their involvement in leisure activities can be integral to learning how people build and maintain a high quality of life, as well as how they draw on those positive associations to cope with potential hardships that may arise.

Author-supplied keywords

  • ethnography
  • fan culture
  • leisure
  • music
  • positive psychology

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Authors

  • Justin Harmon

  • Gerard T. Kyle

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