Why Vacation is Good for You


EXCERPT: Have you ever turned down your vacation days at work in an effort to impress your boss? If so, you’ve got it all wrong! Researchers recently determined that vacationing more is actually an overall positive career move. From 1978 to 1993, Americans enjoyed an average 20.3 vacation days each year. But starting in the year 2000, Americans started to take fewer and fewer vacation days. In fact, in 2015, Americans took only 16 days of vacation on average, found Project: Time Off.

Turns out it’s not our bosses who are to blame: The study found that more than half of the American workers surveyed intentionally left their vacation days unused. The study’s author suspects workers worry that they’ll look lazy or fall behind on the job, or they think that by leaving the days unused they’ll impress the boss. But the truth is, taking time off is far better for productivity than slaving away and putting your brain into overdrive....
What would be your ideal "away from work" vacation? When I was employed at a tech company, all I'd do is search links to Bora Bora during my break. This was my ultimate getaway, reading "The Pearl" in a hammock in one of those stilted huts. I was there in spirit if not in body.

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