7 Reasons Taking A Couples Vacation Makes You Healthier

Thinking of nixing your summer vacation because of a heavy workload or a demanding boss?

Most Americans lose an average of four vacation days per year, according to a survey conducted by the travel website Expedia. That means if all employed Americans forfeit four days, we’re wasting 500 million unused vacation days annually!

Why? Expedia says that most people cancel due to work concerns, some find it difficult to coordinate family schedules, while others prefer to cash out their unused days instead.

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If you think that by staying home this summer you’re helping your relationship, think again. Before you decide to sacrifice your annual getaway, consider the benefits of going on a couples’ vacation.

Here are seven proven benefits of taking a vacation together, as a couple.

1. It boosts your happiness.

A summer getaway puts you in better moods — it’s a fact.

Participants in a study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life experienced an increase in happiness simply from planning a vacation. Plus, this elated state of mind lasted for an average of eight weeks.

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