University of Maryland Sociologist, John P. Robinson, conducted a study for over 40 years measuring the happiness of people based on time. The results were fascinating. He found that people who felt rushed were not happy. The happiest people never feel rush and they don’t have any free time. Those who have free time are unhappy. He also found that those who watch a lot of TV are also unhappy.
This is very interesting because one would expect those who have free time would be happy, but it was the actual opposite. This makes sense because happy people always have something to do and had a schedule but also were not rushed. They had structure. Whereas those who were depressed and not happy felt rushed, had free time, and watched more TV. The conclusion from the radio interview by John P. Robinson was “Don’t hurry, be happy.”
Source: WAMU Radio Interview