It seems that, according to one study, the anticipation of a vacation brings more happiness than the vacation itself.

The report, published on's website, showed that people were happier knowing that a vacation was approaching than they they were after the vacation was over.

The author of the study goes on to explain:

those planning a vacation were happier than those not going away, and suggests that this may be due to their of the break. Following a trip, there was no difference between vacationers' and non-vacationers' happiness, unless the time off was very relaxing, in which case the slightly increased happiness was particularly noticeable in the first two weeks back. The effect wore off completely after eight weeks.

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Maybe we should plan (and anticipate) every month?

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