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Happiness is ... looking forward to your vacation

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New research shows that vacations don't actually make us happier. Only anticipating them does. "Jeroen Nawijn found that those planning a vacation were happier than those not going away, and suggests that this may be due to their anticipation of the break. Following a trip, there was no difference between vacationers' and non-vacationers' happiness, unless the time off was very relaxing, in which case the slightly increased happiness was particularly noticeable in the first two weeks back. The effect wore off completely after eight weeks," Scienceblog reports.

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