02/21/2014 08:52 am ET

Weekend Happiness And Unemployment Blues

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Stanford research studies show that free time is valued by the unemployed almost as much as by people with jobs. Both groups experience greater emotional well-being on weekends and have declines when the workweek begins. The rise in well-being and happiness on weekends is largely explained by opportunities to spend more social time with others.

Weekends are the best days of the week, not only for workers, but also for the unemployed because they can spend more time with others, according to new Stanford research.

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