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. 2010 Mar;5(1):35-47.
doi: 10.1007/s11482-009-9091-9. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Vacationers Happier, but Most Not Happier After a Holiday

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Vacationers Happier, but Most Not Happier After a Holiday

Jeroen Nawijn et al. Appl Res Qual Life. .
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The aim of this study was to obtain a greater insight into the association between vacations and happiness. We examined whether vacationers differ in happiness, compared to those not going on holiday, and if a holiday trip boosts post-trip happiness. These questions were addressed in a pre-test/post-test design study among 1,530 Dutch individuals. 974 vacationers answered questions about their happiness before and after a holiday trip. Vacationers reported a higher degree of pre-trip happiness, compared to non-vacationers, possibly because they are anticipating their holiday. Only a very relaxed holiday trip boosts vacationers' happiness further after return. Generally, there is no difference between vacationers' and non-vacationers' post-trip happiness. The findings are explained in the light of set-point theory, need theory and comparison theory.


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