Taking a "Peak" at Leisure Travelers' Positive Emotions

Ondrej Mitas, Careen Yarnal, Reginald Adams, Nilam Ram

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There is ample evidence to suggest that positive emotions lead to valuable life outcomes. This study examines daily positive emotion development before, during, and after a leisure travel experience. The study measured positive emotions on a daily basis in 25 mature adult participants before, during, and after two leisure travel experiences. Consistent with the "peak" model in previous research, positive emotions overall-and joy and interest in particular-increased before leisure travel, were elevated during travel, and declined afterward. Implications for practice include managing positive emotions before and after leisure travel. Future research should consider positive emotions in other populations and other leisure experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-135
Number of pages21
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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