Traveling Is Good for Our Health

Traveling Is Good for Our Health

Americans are known for their work ethic, working on average more than most other western countries and taking fewer vacations. 

In fact, Americans are 50% as likely as Europeans to travel to more than 1 country, and 29% have never been abroad.

Travel is good for us, and here are studies that prove it, as follows:

Traveling is essential to our physical and mental health, says The Wisconsin Rural Women’s Health Study. We all know work is stressful at times, but we may not always be as aware of how it’s taking over our lives until it is too late. At that point, we are finding no free time, eating while we are working and getting less sleep.

A change of scenery is the perfect remedy, no matter the length or distance of your trip. This study concludes that traveling will increase your overall satisfaction with life and relationships and decrease depression, fatigue and tension.

Travelers develop new perspectives, viewpoints and coping strategies in addition to relief from the stress of everyday life, and their work performance is likely to improve.

The American Psychological Association says that encounters with other cultures increases creativity and New York is 1 of the most diverse cities in the world. “Extensiveness of multicultural experiences was positively related to both creative performance (insight learning, remote association, and idea generation) and creativity-supporting cognitive processes, retrieval of unconventional knowledge, recruitment of ideas from unfamiliar cultures for creative idea expansion.”

A Texas A&M study claims that traveling can be good for your relationships and can bring you closer to loved ones. The authors of this study claim that traveling together can strengthen your bond with your partner or family by giving you opportunities to reconnect with one another and discuss things from a relaxed state of mind. Couples and families are less likely to argue and are more likely to appreciate each other.

Researchers at Cornell University found that people are more inclined to spend money on experiences rather than things because it gives them a more enduring sense of happiness. Participants experienced a greater sense of happiness anticipating an upcoming trip than a big purchase. Participants awaiting a journey experienced greater levels of pleasure and excitement than those with planned purchases.

A University of Surrey study found that anticipating a trip can temporarily improve other areas of your life. Using 2 control groups, 1 with subjects preparing for an upcoming trip and the other with participants not planning to go anywhere. Researchers found that the group with people getting ready to travel experienced more pleasant feelings about their family, economic situation and health, and a greater overall sense of happiness

AARP recently released the results of an online study it conducted in late Y 2018 about how travel benefits seniors. Of the 1,500 participants, 81 percent said they noticed an improvement in their health or well-being while traveling, that they returned in a better mood and that the impact lasted beyond their return. Of the benefits listed in this survey, 72% said they were more relaxed, 51% reported better sleep, 46% claimed better overall health and 45% had better mental clarity.

Enjoy your travels

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