Vacations and its Effects on Your Happiness Levels

VacationsVacations serve as your ticket to a well-deserved break with family and friends. But do they make you happier?

There is no doubt that everyone needs a break once in a while. After all, with the continuous demands from work, school, family and friends, life can be exhausting and the lack of breaks may lead to a burnout.

For, vacation trips provide the perfect escape for busy people in need of rest and relaxation. However, the effect of temporary breaks on your happiness varies according to your stress levels, research says.

A research about taking trips and happiness levels

Researchers from the Netherlands took the initiative to measure the effect of vacations on an individual’s overall happiness. The study focused on the happiness levels of 1,530 Dutch adults with 974 who took a vacation during the 32-week period. During certain points before and after their trips, participants answered queries regarding their happiness.

After the trips, results varied depending on the type of vacation participants experienced. Vacationers who experienced a stressful or neutral trip showed no increase in their happiness levels. In contrast, those who claimed a very relaxing vacation enjoyed higher levels of happiness.

The relationship between stress levels and vacations

Happiness from vacations depends on the stress levels you experience during the entire trip. When you fail to plan properly, you subject yourself to stressful vacations, which eliminate the positivity of the trip. The less stress you encounter during your trip, the happier you will be.

Positive and well-planned vacations help you enjoy more. When you do not have to worry about your next flight or itinerary, you enjoy more energy and happiness during the trip.

Steps for a positive break

For a vacation guaranteed to make you happier, focus on details first. Sort out the vital information regarding your trip as early as possible. Rather than suffer from travel and transportation uncertainty, it is essential to plan things accordingly.

It also helps to meet with someone knowledgeable in your location. The biggest stress comes from the uncertainty and lack of knowledge about the place. A local host proves to be a handy guide for the regular traveler.

Return from your vacation happier by reducing possible stresses. This way, you come back relaxed and overflowing with happiness.

3 Comments on Vacations and its Effects on Your Happiness Levels

  1. Emma R. Hyatt // August 7, 2015 at 1:59 am // Reply

    Indeed, when you plan a vacation, you must plan it thoroughly to avoid future stresses! Less stress = happier vacations

  2. Brett C. Cherry // August 7, 2015 at 2:21 am // Reply

    I’ve always felt happy after every trip. This must mean that I’m good at planning vacations?

  3. Phillip S. Moore // August 7, 2015 at 2:31 am // Reply

    Never forget to look for someone who knows the place better than you. This helps you know the place better and not get lost. When you don’t get lost, you enjoy a happier trip.

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