Vacation Planning: How do you get eight weeks of happiness from a five-day vacation? By planning it.
This article by Cornell University explored several studies, including one conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, concluded that not only do vacations improve happiness, but that the act of planning vacations creates a higher boost in happiness – “up to eight additional weeks of improved mood in anticipating the vacation.”
In fact, people often fall back to their baseline moods after returning from their vacation, unless their experience was “very relaxing.” Those who experienced a “very relaxing” vacation experienced heightened moods up to several weeks following their escape from the daily grind.
Want to boost your mood, but don’t have the funds to book your flight? Studies have also shown that merely exploring your vacation options and planning a hypothetical trip provide the same feelings of anticipation and relaxation as confirming your travel plans.
Plan your perfect vacation. Pick your favorite beaches, pin your favorite activities and share your travel dreams with your friends! Take a break from your every day routine and feel your stress just melt away.
Explore Perfect Days Hawaii to find the ideal vacation itineraries on each island. Or click through some stunning images in our Beauty of Hawaii section. And of course, take a few moments to check out all of the Best Beaches available in the Aloha State. You can practically taste the Mai Tai and feel the sand between your toes by simply taking the time to plan out the highlights of your perfect Hawaiian getaway.
While you dream about vacationing in paradise, try some island flavors with a local recipe from our resident cook, Uncle Botsy. Even if you can’t actually visit Hawaii in the near future, at least you can eat like an islander while planing your stay.