Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Mind-Body Center surveyed 1,399 participants who’d been recruited for four other studies on breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. They were asked how often they’d spent the previous month doing something they enjoyed. Leisure, including vacation, Matthews says, contributed to more positive emotions and fewer negative emotions and depression.
Among the benefits to be found from engaging in multiple activities are lower blood pressure, lower stress hormones and smaller waists.
– Brain Is a Co-Conspirator in a Vicious Stress Loop
Source: Natalie Angier, New York Times, August 17, 2009
– Do We Recover From Vacation? Meta-analysis of Vacation Effects on Health and Well-being
Source: Jessica de Bloom, Michiel Kompier, Sabine Geurts, Carolina de Weerth, Toon Taris, and Sabine Sonnentag, Journal of Occupational Health, Vol.51 No.1, January 2009