Monday, July 12, 2010

here's to vacation...

so...just to support the fact that i feel like summer should be one big vacation- here's an article from self magazine to further my sentiments :)

Why Not Taking a Summer Vacation Could Jeopardize Your Health
Monday, July 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM | posted by Jenny Everett
This week, the Healthy SELF blog is being written from the beach, as we are taking a much-needed vacation. Like most Americans, we have a hard time letting go of work -- according to a study by the Families and Work Institute, less than half of us take the full vacation time available to us (on average, 12 days per year in the U.S.).

Thing is, health-wise, vacation is as much a necessity as it is a luxury. Here's why we're taking a week to chill, and why you should too:

Believe it or not, there are scientists whose job it is to study the health of vacationers vs. non-vacationers. According to the experts, vacationers:

* Are more satisfied and find more meaning in life
* Are more spiritual and have a lot of support from family and friends
* Have lower blood pressure
* Have lower levels of stress hormones
* Have smaller waists
* Outlive non-vacationers
* Are more satisfied with their marriage
* Suffer fewer mental illnesses -- and are just much happier in general!

And the list goes on.

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