Characteristics of Recreation

Recreation
Typography

The word recreation is really a very beautiful word. In this article, Dr. Larry Jackson; Professor Emeritus of Recreation; Southwest Baptist University; Bolivar, Missouri maps out a few characteristics of Recreation.



It is defined in the dictionary as "the process of giving new life to something, of refreshing something, of restoring something." This something, of course, is the whole person. ~ Bruno

In this fast paced and technologically advanced generation, tension and busyness abounds in the lives of many nations. We all need some recreation. Recreation is that which recreates and renews. Recreation should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills. Recreation's purpose is not to kill time, but to make life, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life. In this article, Dr. Larry Jackson; Professor Emeritus of Recreation; Southwest Baptist University; Bolivar, Missouri maps out a few characteristics of Recreation

 

Characteristics of Recreation

  • Recreation occurs during leisure

  • Recreation is as different as people are different; it is extremely wide and varied

  • Recreation is activity; it is some sort of action as distinguished from rest

  • Recreation must be voluntary; it cannot be ordered, imposed, or forced

  • Recreation has no single form; it offers a variety of choices with endless possibilities

  • Recreation is flexible; it can be organized or unorganized; it can be enjoyed in a group or alone

  • Recreation to one individual  may be work to another

  • Recreation involves an individual's attitude, motive, and incentive

  • Recreation may occur or not occur; a specific activity may be recreation for an individual at one time, but not at another time

  • Recreation is necessary in order for an individual  to have balanced growth

  • Recreation and work  are not the same thing; although an individual may be very happy in his job , it is not possible for that individual's work  to be his recreation


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