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Title: Examining the change in wellbeing following a holiday
Authors: Yu, J
Smale, B
Xiao, H 
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Source: Tourism management, Dec. 2021, v. 87, 104367
Abstract: Building on existing evidence that tourism contributes to wellbeing, this study aims to investigate how both hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing changes after a holiday. A longitudinal inquiry involving three waves of observation (during, the fourth week, and the eighth week following a holiday) was carried out in five tourism cities in China, using Latent Growth Curve models to analyze change. Results suggest that life satisfaction – an indicator of hedonic wellbeing – does not decline as expected whereas other indicators of hedonic wellbeing declined dramatically in the first month and then mildly in the second month following a holiday. Comparatively, eudaimonic wellbeing declined gradually and mildly during the same two-month intervals. Higher levels of optimal tourism experiences predicted slower declines of both hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications are discussed.
Keywords: Eudaimonic wellbeing
Hedonic wellbeing
Latent growth curve model
Longitudinal design
Optimal tourism experience
Wellbeing change
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Journal: Tourism management 
ISSN: 0261-5177
EISSN: 1879-3193
DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2021.104367
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