Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Dr. de Bloom, an organizational psychologist, researches the effects of vacations in part by calling study participants while they are away on trips and questioning them about how they feel and their levels of tension, fatigue and happiness, among other measures.
In a study of 54 people vacationing for an average of 23 days, Dr. de Bloom and co-researchers found that measures of health and wellness improved during vacation compared with baseline, peaking at the eighth day before gradually declining.
Studies show people often reflect on an experience, including a vacation, based largely on how it ends.
In one study, nearly 1,000 people in the Netherlands who went on vacation were asked about their happiness before and after a trip.
The vacationers reported a higher degree of happiness before their vacation, compared with those who stayed home.
Only when vacationers reported a "Very relaxed" trip did their increased happiness linger for a few more weeks, said Jeroen Nawijn, a senior lecturer in tourism at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, who was lead author on the study, published in 2010 in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.
A 2010 study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, which surveyed 131 teachers in Germany, found avoiding excessive work following vacation and getting leisure time in the evenings prolonged the benefits of the vacation.
This article originally appeared on wsj.com
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