Why Relaxing Vacations Should Be at Least Eight Days Long
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published in the
Journal of Happiness Studies
, suggests that your feelings of
Unfortunately, the study also suggests that how long you're away doesn't have a huge affect on your happiness after the fun is over. Whether you're gone for at least eight days or not, those happy-go-lucky effects will likely fade away after just one day of being back at work. You might still feel refreshed, of course, but your mind is quick to snap back to reality when it realizes vacation mode is over.
Still, the researchers suggest it's a good idea to book a vacation somewhere in the range of seven to 11 days. And try to make day eight the most relaxing of all to reap the maximum benefits. Furthermore, the researchers recommend you take multiple, evenly-spaced vacations of this length a year, as opposed to using all of your vacation time at once. The more opportunity you can give yourself to recharge the better.