Parkin: Finding Health and Happiness This Summer


By Natalie Parkin

Summer is here! Students finally have the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places with friends and family.

I love to travel and see the world around me. Since vacations have given me and other travel addicts reasons to argue that traveling is good for your health, I thought I would share the proof that traveling holds lasting benefits.

Keeps You from Burning Out
We all reach a point, whether at work or at school, where we start to lose our motivation and determination. According to Elizabeth Scott, a wellness coach that specializes in stress management and quality of life issues, “Workers who take regular time to relax are less likely to experience burnout, making them more creative and productive than their overworked, under-rested counterparts.”

Makes You Healthier
According to a study done by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, women who traveled at least twice a year were at lower risk of heart attacks than those who had only traveled every six years or so.

They also found that men who did not take an annual vacation showed a 20 percent higher risk of death and a 30 percent greater risk of heart disease.

Relieves Stress
Scott says that “a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later. That means vacations are the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.” We have all felt the relief of going out of town. It’s a nice change that allows us to separate ourselves from our everyday environments. Not only does it provide instant benefits, it can improve your life in the future.

Strengthens Relationships
Going on vacation with someone you love is not only fun, it’s beneficial. In a study done by the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services, they found that women who took vacations with their husbands were more satisfied with their marriages. In addition, while you are alone with your partner on vacation, you are more likely to have sex and do activities together. You produce a bond while enjoying the stress-free leisure of a trip.

Lower Risks of Depression
As most of us have experienced, traveling improves our mood. In a study done by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, they found that “women who vacation at least twice a year are less likely to suffer from depression and chronic stress.” As Henry David Thoreau once said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” Go out and find yourself, your health and your happiness this summer!


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