Science Says This Is Why You Should Take a Vacation

Sophie Miura

Looking for an excuse to book a flight? A report by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies suggests you should stop waiting and plan a vacation now. The meta-analysis drew on a number of studies, which found that taking time out from your regular routine has serious long-term health benefits.

Researchers found that women who rarely vacation had a significantly higher chance of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared to those who take a break at least twice a year. “Travel is an important behavior that promotes brain health and builds resilience across the lifespan … because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments,” explains Dr. Paul Nussbaum, president and founder of the Brain Health Center.

If you can’t spare too many days off work, don’t worry. A survey found that stress-relief effects are evident after only two days. Now to choose a destination

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