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Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time.[1] The "need to do something for recreation" seems to be an essential element of human biology and psychology.[2] Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be "fun". The term "recreation" implies participation to be healthy refreshing mind and body. It is also very entertaining and great to pass time.



The term "recreation" appeared to have been used in English first in the late 14th century, first in the sense of "refreshment or curing of a sick person",[3] and derived from Old French, in turn from Latin (re: again, creare: to create. bring forth, beget).

Leisure as a prerequisite

Humans spend their time in activities of daily living, work, sleep, social duties, and leisure, the latter time being free from prior commitments to physiologic or social needs,[4] a prerequisite of recreation. Leisure has increased with increased longevity and, for many, with decreased hours spend for physical and economic survival, yet others argue that time pressure has increased for modern people, as they are committed to too many tasks.[5] Other factors that account for an increased role of recreation are affluence, population trends, and increased commercialization of recreational offerings.[6] While one perception is that leisure is just "spare time", time not consumed by the necessities of living, another holds that leisure is a force that allows individuals to consider and reflect on the values and realities that are missed in the activities of daily life, thus being an essential element of personal development and civilization.[1] This direction of thought has been even extended to the view that leisure is the purpose of work, and a reward in itself,[1] and "leisure life" reflects the values and character of a nation.[6] Leisure is considered a human right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[7]

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