30 May 2011

How Stupid Are Americans? When It Comes To Vacation - A Lot Apparrently.

I remember a great series on NPR and Public Television soon after I returned to the USA in the mid 1990s. It described a particular American affliction called Affluenza.

There is a great copy of the documentary on YouTube. or you can also find it here if you have an aversion to things Google.

Americans it would seem dont take all their vacation. But that is true of just about every country. But the USA has less vacation (Holiday) time than most other nations.

A recent article on CNN describes the problem quite neatly. Asking the question Why is America the No Vacation Nation.

One section made me think.

"Working more makes Americans happier than Europeans, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Happiness Studies. That may be because Americans believe more than Europeans do that hard work is associated with success, wrote Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, the study's author and an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.

"Americans maximize their... [happiness] by working, and Europeans maximize their [happiness] through leisure," he found."


According to Expedia sponsored research in their annual Vacation Deprivation study shows that American's leave literally large percentages of their vacation time on the table.

The latest study is from 2009 - the 2010 study has not been released just yet.

So time on this Memorial Day to have a think about it... get out there and PARTY like its something. And yes do take the tine off. We all need it

And we deserve it


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