Sunday, January 12, 2014
A Free Trip to Paris! Who Wants to Go?
I have good news for you: Planning a vacation is a huge boost to your happiness. Anticipating a vacation escalates your happiness for eight weeks. Actually taking the vacation is a different story. If your vacation is self-described as "neutral" or "stressful," there will be no post-trip increase in happiness. And even if you feel your vacation was "very relaxed," your happiness will only increase for two weeks, post-trip.*
This is very good news for those of us who love to plan trips but know we won't be able to actually take the trips any time soon....It doesn't matter anyway, because planning the trip is going to make us much happier than actually taking it. Let me say that again, in case you missed it: Planning a trip is going to make us much happier than actually taking the trip.
Who is in?
Who wants to plan a trip to Paris with me?
What's the best time of year to go? Shall we stay a month? Two? Longer? What shall we do while we are there? Shall we learn to draw? Or make bread? What shall we eat there? Where shall we stay?
To prepare for the trip, perhaps we need to do some things now, like practice our French and read books about Paris and lots of other things that maybe you can remind me of.
So, who is in?
*All this from a recent study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, as described in the article "How Vacations Affect Your Happiness."
Please join this weekly meme. Grab a copy of the photo above and link back to An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.