No one ever said on their deathbed ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’ —Rabi Harold Kushner
Americans are terrible at taking vacation days and each year we get worse and worse at taking time off – really.
Time off is key to recharging your batteries, critical to maintaining a fresh perspective and more hours at work doesn’t necessarily translate to greater productivity. Here’s more on how and why to go on vacation.
Elissa Strauss writes in CNN’s Health Newsletter: “Adults need more Play. Many adults have an unhealthy relationship with time. Our collective obsession with productivity, work and self-optimization have left us with this relentless feeling that we are always behind the ball, never getting enough done.” Really? Sound familiar? If so, a tell tale sign you, too, may want to enjoy summer a bit more while you can.
Another nugget to inspire and motivate from the American Psychological Association “researchers examined the association between ‘positive affect’—feelings like happiness, joy, contentment and enthusiasm—and the development of coronary heart disease over a decade. They found that for every one-point increase in ‘positive affect’ on a five-point scale, the rate of heart disease dropped by 22 percent.”
In other words, doing something that affects you positively decreases the rate of heart disease. Maybe vacation and play can save your life!
If you’re simply struggling to figure out just what to do for fun …. check out “100 Things to do this Summer.”
WE all need inspiration – just pick one!
So, let’s go out and PLAY!
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.Sam Keen – Philosopher