Do Vacations Make Us Happier?

Need a vacation?Need a vacation? Before you email your boss, breathe a sigh of relief, and start packing your skis, passport, tennis shoes, binoculars, or sun block…make sure it’s the right kind of vacation.

Workplace happiness guru Shawn Achor—Harvard researcher and the New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage—did a study that showed that some vacations are more effective than others in lowering stress, boosting energy, and just overall making people feel good. On the flip side, a stressful vacation could actually cancel out the positive benefits of your time spent away from work. 

Achor offers some key tips to create a positive vacation experience:

Plan ahead: If you want a happy vacation, check spontaneity at the door. The best and happiest vacations for 90% of people are planned more than a month in advance.

Go far away: 85% of travelers reported that their best trips over the past five years were outside their home country. (And a Twitter study found that the happiness level of users increased the further their posts were geotagged from their homes.)

Meet with someone knowledgeable at the location:  The biggest stressors on trips were found to be managing travel details, not feeling safe, and lack of knowledge of the location. On the best trips, 77% knew and met with a local host or had a knowledgeable friend.

Join us for an upcoming webinar on February 19th with Shawn Achor on

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