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Published on June 25, 2012
 
Your doctor may have the cure.  Research study reveals over half of Americans believe doctors should be allowed to prescribe vacations.

A landmark summer research study has unveiled a vital component of wellness and happiness...vacations.

The survey, “The Takeaways from Getaways,” commissioned by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, draws attention to the serious physical and emotional implications of stress and feeling over worked, and the inextricable link between vacation and personal wellness and happiness.

The research surprisingly revealed that more than 9 out of 10 Americans reported feeling happier after taking a vacation.

And seventy-seven percent (77%) believed that their overall health improves after a getaway. Also, more than half of Americans agreed that doctors should be able to prescribe vacations as a curative and therapeutic option for stress related maladies.

To view the complete summer research, and discover more interesting vacation findings, visit “The Takeaways from Getaways” at  http://www.visitlasvegas.com/vacationstudy/.

“Vacations will greatly improve your quality of life,” said Dr. Ian Smith, health and wellness expert, member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and New York Times bestselling author. “Americans are always on the go and that rapid pace has serious effects on the deterioration of the mind and body. I hope the findings of this research inspire Americans to take their well-being into their own hands and take the time to get away.”

But despite the overwhelming consensus of the holistic and therapeutic benefits of getaways, Americans are slow to take them, and the amount of unused vacation time off is approaching epidemic levels. The survey exposed the startling fact that over half of employed Americans have either lost, or know someone who has lost, unused vacation time off from work. Why are American workers stockpiling their vacation days? Surprisingly, the economic times are not a reason time off is being put off. Eighty-two percent (82%) of survey participants report vacations are equally, if not more, important in tough economic times.

More interesting takeaways from getaways include...
  • Americans are more connected to memories than mementos: For eighty-two percent (82%) of participants, their happiest life moments came from vacation experiences.
  • Sabbaticals are radical for your well-being:  Almost six out of ten (59%) employed Americans believe that losing paid vacation time decreases a person’s well-being.
The research, conducted by the Washington, DC area firm, Heart+Mind Strategies, surveyed 1,000 U.S. residents by phone between the ages of 21-74 who have taken at least one overnight trip for vacation or pleasure in the last 12 months. The margin of error is +/-3.1 at the 95% confidence level.