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Short vacations bring more joy than longer ones

Think a monthlong trip across Asia will make you happier than a relaxing day in the nearby town with the cute B&B? Well, let's just say that both you and your bank account can appreciate a new piece of happiness research.

 

SHORT AND HAPPY

A new study from the Netherlands says people who take longer vacations aren't happier when they return than people who take shorter ones. That trip shouldn't be hectic. People whose holidays were very relaxed had more post-vacation happiness than those whose trips were stressful or neutral.

That said, a fuller post-vacation happiness tank doesn't mean that state lasts longer (as anyone who's ever come back to an office knows). Most people return to their pre-vacation mood level within eight weeks of a trip.

 

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