August 17, 2017
The Huffington Post
Americans do not use all of their vacation time, even though research suggests taking time off is good for our health. Emma Seppala reveals three reasons why vacation is good for us:
Fifty-five percent of Americans did not use all their vacation days in 2015. Even when they actually do take vacation, 41 percent are checking into work while away (i.e., they are not fully unplugging). However, Research suggests that leisure is an important predictor of our well-being and satisfaction with life, including our health, work engagement, creativity, and even marital satisfaction.
Ironically, while Americans may pride themselves on their hard work and dedication, research suggests that we will actually work harder, perform better, and have greater health, stamina, and enthusiasm for our work if we take time off.