Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year

Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year
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New Year's Eve has come and gone, but it's not too late to add one more item to your list of resolutions: Take more vacations.

On the surface, this may seem like a frivolous, indulgent goal. But not only is it important -- making time for regular trips with friends and family increases one's feeling of well-being, finds a new survey by Gallup – but it's difficult. A recent survey by found the average U.S. employee only takes 51 percent of their eligible vacation/paid time off.

That’s a real shame, because Americans who regularly take time off work to go on trips report significantly higher well-being than their counterparts who are glued to their work year-round. Interestingly, not only does this vacation-effect persist across income groups, but its impact is so profound that those who earn less than $24,000 a year but take regular trips report a higher well-being score, on average, than those who earn $120,000 or more annually but don't regularly take vacations. (The data comes from more than 148,000 interviews with Americans aged 18 or older conducted from January through November.)

Related: The U.S. Has Become the No Vacation Nation

While well-being is a somewhat hard to pinpoint term, it's important. As Gallup notes, previous has tied well-being scores to outcomes including life expectancy and a lower risk of , while some studies suggest that taking time off positively impacts the brain and heart.

All of which means vacation time isn't just good for employees – it can be good for employers, too. Besides the health cost benefits, encouraging workers to actually use their vacation days can decrease burnout rates and increase .

So this coming year, let's all resist the urge to remain tethered to our desks and make vacation a priority.

Related: American 'Work Martyrs' Are Too Afraid to Take Time Off, Study Finds

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