Have you ever gone on vacation only for it to seem like a let-down compared to the lead-up? Well, it turns out there may be good reason for that. Because planning vacations makes for some happy humans.
I found this very interesting! A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life shows that the act of planning vacations, and the anticipation of said vacation can make people very happy. Believe it or not, vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.
Sadly after vacation, happiness levels went back down to baseline levels fairly quickly. But what I found telling, is that happiness goes down slower (to those baseline levels) if the vacay was a “very relaxed” one. Maybe that'll help you decide what you do the next time you take a week off!
Seems to me like the more vacations you take the happier you’ll be. And a big part of that is planning. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to take vacations more than one or two times a year. So maybe travel agents are the happiest people on earth!
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