Exploring the Health Benefits of Vacations

Odenza Marketing Group VacationA recent survey contracted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) boasts the positive power that vacations possess. Nine of ten Americans expressed feeling happier after they took a vacation, according to the survey, “The Takeaways From Getaways,” which inspected the physical and psychological implications of stress and feeling overworked.

77% of the survey’s respondents stated that they thought their overall health increases after a getaway. Along with that, over half said that doctors should be able to prescribe vacations as a therapeutic resource for stress-related maladies. Eighty-two percent claimed that their happiest moments came from vacation experiences, and fifty-nine percent said that losing paid vacation time worsens a person’s well-being.

A Washington based firm called Heart and Mind Strategies conducted the survey by phone, communicating with 1,000 U.S. residents between the ages of 21 to 74 who have taken at least one overnight trip for vacation or pleasure in the last 12 months.

“Vacations will greatly improve your quality of life,” said Dr. Ian Smith, a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and author of New York Times bestsellers “The Fat Smash Diet,” “Happy” and “The Truth About Men.”

“Americans are always on the go, and that rapid pace has serious effects on the deterioration of the mind and body,” Smith said. “I hope the findings of this research inspire Americans to take their well-being into their own hands and take the time to get away.

This survey serves to highlight the fact that the United States gives its employees fewer vacation days than many other first-world countries throughout the world.  According to CNN, other countries such as Brazil, Finland, France, and Russia give their workers around 40 days of paid vacation (including government holidays) each year, while the United States only gives its workers 25 days off.  Hopefully with the aid more research we will see the U.S. increase the number of paid vacation days that they allow!

 

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