Study links too much free time to lower sense of wellbeing

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Nicola Davis Science correspondent

Research shows there is a ‘sweet spot’ and subjective wellbeing drops off after about five hours

The lesson of Goldilocks, that one can have too much of a good thing, even when it comes to the size of a chair, has applied in fields from astrobiology to economics. Now, it seems it may even govern our free time.

Researchers have found that while levels of subjective wellbeing initially rise as free time increases, the trend does not necessarily hold for very high levels of leisure.

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