Ski Skiiers happy
Ski euphoria. (Photo: Wojciech Gajda/iStockphoto)

Study Says Skiers Happier Than Snowboarders

But both lead to greater overall happiness

Ski Skiiers happy

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Researchers from South Korea inadvertently supplied skiers with more ammunition in the ideological war between which is better: skiing or snowboarding.

According to the study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, skiers find more pleasure from a day on the slopes than snowboarders. Among the 279 participant study, skiers showed higher levels of pleasure and involvement in their sport than snowboarders did.

In the sample, 126 participants skied, 112 snowboarded and 41 did both. Respondents spent an average of four and a half days at a three resort in South Korea. Happiness was determined by assessing their sense of pleasure, involvement, and satisfaction they subjectively reported after a day out on the snow. The results indicate that whether you’re on a board or skis, hitting the slopes occasionally has a positive impact on one’s overall health and happiness.

“Adult playfulness can influence people’s happiness, while activities and socially convening around a sporting activity such as skiing have positive psychological outcomes and contribute to overall well-being,” lead author Hyun-Woo Lee said in a statement.

Now stop reading this article and take a skiing holiday.

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