Monday was starts officially, and freed from the hunker inducing cold, the imagination of New England have already turned holiday: idle midi and travel by road, from the beach and the Berkshire. School is over, and on warm weekends to stretch before us, waiting to be filled course.Of, which creates its own pressure. Where to go? When? What to do? Is it better to try a new and exotic, or return to a beloved place? Snoozing on the beach or hiking the ancient ruins? Hoard days of vacation for a great ride, or spread? Time is a scarce resource, and as with any scarce resource, we want to spend wisely.
In part, these decisions are matters of taste. But there are also, it turns out, the answers lie in the science of behavior, which is more and more successful ideas that can help us to make the most of our leisure time. Psychologists and economists looked in detail at holidays – what we want from them and what we did get out of them. They have advice on what really matters, and it is not necessarily what we expect.For example, how much time we take off probably counts for less than what we think, and overall, in taking more than short trips leaves us happier than to take some small time. We are often happy planning a trip actually take. And the interruption of the holiday – far from being a nuisance – can make us enjoy more. How a journey ends more important how it begins, with whom you are important as much as where you’re going, and if you want remember holiday strongly, do something in what you have never done before.
And if she may feel unnecessary, it is important to force yourself to actually take the time to stop in the first place – people, it turns out, are also prone to procrastinate when it comes to pleasant things such as holidays like those who are unpleasant as paperwork and visits to the dentist.How can we optimize our holiday”asks Dan Ariely, a behavioral Economist at Duke University and author of the new book” “it is three elements to it” “The Upside of irrationality.”»-Anticipate, experience and memory. They are not the same, and there are different ways to change each. “It is, of course, much that we still do not know. People take vacations for all kinds of reasons beyond pure hedonism – discover new places, to test, to soothe their children to bask in the envy of their friends and colleagues. Research cannot resolve the issues as if the pleasure we derive from the anticipation of a carefully planned trip will be offset by the disappointment when things do not measure up.
There are countless shelves of books dedicated to the art of maximizing our time at work, but that is literature on the maximization of our leisure time. Even to ask the question of how to “optimize” a vacation seems fundamentally non-like. And yet, people constantly Puzzle on how to get the best out of their precious time off: search guides, by checking the forecasts, by looking at the comments online for hotels and restaurants, arguing with spouses on where to go and what to do and when.The problem, say some sociologists, it is that people make it all – and spend thousands of dollars – with an incomplete understanding of the qualities make it a pleasant experience. Take time. Longest journey seems, by definition, better than a shorter one, and have a lot of vacation time is a much appreciated work advantage. But when we remember an experience, and how it makes us feel, it turns out that the length is not very important.