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Traveling Can Make You Happier

If you’re someone who regularly travels at least 75 miles from home, then you probably are 7% happier than those who travel less. That was what Chun-Chu Chen found out in his study, which is published in the journal Tourism Analysis.

Chun-Chu (Bamboo) Chen, an assistant professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University, conducted a survey to find out why some individuals travel more frequently than others and whether or not travel and tourism experiences have a prolonged effect on happiness and wellness.
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… participants in the survey who reported regularly traveling at least 75 miles away from home also reported being about 7% happier when asked about their overall well-being than those who reported traveling very rarely or not at all.
“While things like work, family life and friends play a bigger role in overall reports of well-being, the accumulation of travel experiences does appear to have a small yet noticeable effect on self-reported life satisfaction,” Chen said. “It really illustrates the importance of being able to get out of your routine and experience new things.”

Learn more details about this study over at Neuroscience News.

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traveling can make you happier in more ways than one, i've found. For one, its fun to go to a destination and have fun there. But the other thing I've noticed - leaving for your home for awhile you begin to get homesick and you find a new appreciation for your home. You get excited to get back home. So that's two ways in which traveling away from home makes you happier. Also not to mention you sometimes learn new skills, new information and meet new people. So there ya go, that's three reasons. Also (if you go on vacation) there's always a gift shop. I friggin love gift shops.
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The writer has obviously never experienced the "joy of flying" and then there's the whole cruise ship thing. My advice is is to do what the picture above suggests - go for a walk in the woods or camping in a local State park.
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