Happiest before a holiday

photo by bj patino

Summer is here!  Whether lying on white sandy beaches down south, or trekking the mountains up north, everyone is looking forward to that vacation leave.  Yet, according to a new study made by a team of Dutch researchers, vacationers are  happiest when in anticipating that trip.

In an analysis of 1,530 people, Jeroen Nawijn from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his team have found that people who were about to go on vacation were being the happiest than those who had no plans of leaving. And those who returned from their respite showed no signs of holiday afterglow.

Published online in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, the researchers suggest that, people should take multiple short breaks over the course of the work year, rather than having just a single longer vacation once a year.


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