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Subject: Vacation value?
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: chris234-ga
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Posted: 14 Jul 2004 22:52 PDT
Expires: 13 Aug 2004 22:52 PDT
Question ID: 374323
What is the personal value or affect of taking vacations?
Does taking a leisure trip or family vacation benefit a person's
health and happiness?
Subject: Re: Vacation value?
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 15 Jul 2004 02:02 PDT
Hi! Thanks for the question.

I have found the following articles citing research about the health
and psychological benefits of taking vacations.

?In a 2000 study of 12,338 middle-aged men at risk for heart disease,
researchers at the State University of New York in Oswego found that
those who did not take regular vacations were more likely to die over
a nine-year period than those who did, especially from heart

?Several smaller workplace studies confirm the short-term benefits.
People tend to sleep better after more than a week off, have fewer
physical complaints than they did before the break, and report being
more optimistic and energetic than they were before.?

?There's no getting away?

?The Difference in death rates was most significant between the 13% of
participants who never took a vacation and the 26% who reported taking
five vacations a year.?

?The five-vacation group had a one-third lower risk of dying during
the 9-year study period compared with the no-vacation group.?

?Vacations Delay Death? 

?Scientific studies show that men and women taking time off were less
likely to die from coronary heart disease. Those sobering stats join a
body of research revealing that going on vacation has restorative
effects like decreased stress and job burnout.?

?Researcher Elaine Eaker found that middle-aged women who took
vacations very infrequently (defined as once every six years or less
often) had eight times the risk of either having a heart attack or
dying of heart disease.?

?Fifty-five percent of workers who didn?t take all their vacation time
experienced high levels of feeling overworked versus 27 percent who
did, a 2001 study by the Families and Work Institute in New York

?Taking a vacation may save your life? 

?For example, they can help people avoid burnout, which can lead to
depression, fatigue, and lack of interest. They can also benefit the
heart -- studies show that men who take a yearly vacation are 30% less
likely to have a heart attack and women are 50% less likely.?

?The Infinite Mind: Vacation?

?Researchers have posited the health-promoting benefits of vacations to include:?

?Providing a break from everyday stressors and overall stress
reduction. Stress threatens many areas of wellness, including
cardiovascular health, immune system functioning, emotional well-being
and quality of life.?

?Providing an opportunity to engage in health-promoting behaviors.
Vacations allow you to increase the quality of time spent with your
health-protecting social support system of family and friends.
Vacations also provide fun opportunities to be active (like hiking or
sightseeing). They also allow you time to catch up on your sleep and

?Take a vacation: Enjoy the boost to your wellness?

?A study of 46,026 employees found those who report depression, heavy
stress or other risk factors are far more likely to have extremely
high health-care costs, says the Health Enhancement Research
Organization of Birmingham, Alabama. The burned out employee will
utilize medical services, experience increased sick time, and have
lower productivity, all costing the employer money.?

?CAUTION: Canceling Your Vacation May Be Hazardous to Your Health!?

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