Abstract

Aims: Research supports the influence of leisure time physical activity (LTPA) on well-being; however, little is known about the mechanisms that drive the relationship. The aim of this study was to investigate the indirect influence of health perception on the association between neighborhood LTPA and happiness. Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted using random digit dialing among a sample of adult residents aged 18+ (n = 570) to gather information about neighborhood LTPA behaviors, perceptions of health and happiness, and sociodemographics. Results: Results of a structural equation modeling analysis indicated that health had a small significant indirect influence on the relationship between LTPA and happiness. Conclusion: Focusing on perceptions offers a holistic conceptualization of how behavior impacts happiness and may offer important insights into how the experience of engaging in LTPA contributes to the subjective evaluation of personal happiness through perceived health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Happiness
Leisure Activities
Exercise
Health
Interviews
Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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