Vacations provide time to disengaged from everyday life. Not to escape it, but to replace our daily routine with new experiences, new destinations and quality time with family and friends. Vacations allow us time to step back and view what’s truly important in our lives, why we work so many hours and sacrifice so much.
Don’t underestimate the value of a vacation.
Vacations are our fuel. Each one provides joy, satisfaction, rest and experience of affection. Without that emotional fuel, we will simply burn out. We are most engaged when our tanks are full. That means we must say YES to the to what gives us the fuel of well-being.
How will vacations can change your life?
Higher Pay! Employees who take fewer than 10 vacation days per year have a 35% likelihood of getting a raise of bonus. If you think that’s good … Employees who take more than 10 vacation days each year have a 66% chance of getting a raise or bonus. More vacation = bigger paychecks.
Vacations contribute enormously to family bonding, communication and solidarity. They promote the "crescive bond" (in sociological parlance, a "shared experience") by fostering growing and enduring connections. Shared family memories and time spent together, away from ordinary, everyday activities, help to promote these positive ties.
Stress is the leading cause of chronic illness, and vacations break the stress cycle. We emerge ready to take on the world again. We get perspective on our problems, and relax with our families and friends. This is so important.
Vacations literally lower your mortality rate, shown by a nine-year study of middle-aged vacationers.
Men who take frequent annual vacations were 21% less likely to die from any cause and were 32% less likely to die from heart disease.
The largest and longest-running study of cardiovascular disease – Framingham Heart Study - revealed that men who didn't take a vacation for several years were 30% more likely to have heart attacks. Women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack.
Our ability to revisit vacations through memory provides a lasting boost in life-satisfaction and contentment. Even after decades have passed, we carry those experiences and the accompanying sense of pride and accomplishment.
While vacations won’t solve world hunger or eliminate our $19.3 trillion national debt, they will improve our health, our happiness and our overall life satisfaction.