Health benefits of taking a vacation. As you know, I live a hectic life. I’m bouncing around from television, to YouTube, to the hospital, even a backup dancer at times. Well, I’m not really a backup dancer. But in all seriousness I haven’t taken a vacation since residency ended last year and I’ve been working so hard on the YouTube channel and all my other ventures that I haven’t really made time for myself. It was truly perfect timing that Kissimmee, Florida came along and asked me to talk about the health benefits of taking a vacation. So I dug into the research and here’s what I found out. Hold on, hold on. Before we start, I was doing research and I found a crazy statistic. 54% of Americans leave their vacation time on the table. Let’s hope after watching this video you’re not gonna be one of ’em. Taking a vacation is good for your heart. And I’m not talking about love here, your actual heart.
The Journal of American Medical Association found that men who took frequent annual vacations were 32% less likely to die from a heart attack. These findings were backed up by the Framingham Heart Study, one of the longest-running heart disease studies out there. Women who took a vacation twice a year were eight times less likely to have a heart attack than those who vacationed every six years. Taking a vacation can help with depressive symptoms. A study done by the University of Pittsburgh found that those who took vacations had more life satisfaction and more meaning in their lives. This is really important because not only was there a decrease in depressive symptoms, but there was also a increase in positive emotions. As a society we’re so focused on removing negative symptoms like depression, we often forget to instill positive emotions.
That’s why it’s so promising to see that vacations can do both of those things for you. Taking a vacation can be good for your family life. But, and this is a big but, you have to log off your device. Don’t be part of this 27% of the population that’s frequently checking their work emails. Spend some time with your family. A study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal found that the odds of marital satisfaction increased as the number of vacations increased, which means more vacations, more marital satisfaction. Taking a vacation can be a stress buster. A study done on 900 attorneys in Canada found lower stress levels upon returning from vacation. These stress benefits are actually long lasting. A study done in Vienna found that those who took a vacation had a decrease in stress-related complaints like headaches and backaches, and tose benefits lasted five weeks upon returning from vacation. It’s important to note that up to 25% of people feel anxiety and guilt for going on vacation. You earned those days off. You have to commit and enjoy them to reap the health benefits. This takes us perfectly into the next point. Taking a vacation can boost your productivity.
The popular firm Ernst Young conducted their
own internal survey and found that those who took 10 additional hours of
vacation time actually did almost 10% better on their end-year reviews. This
also held true for the Boston Consulting Group who found that those who were
forced to take vacations were more productive overall. Now when you’re more
productive, you’re happier. And when you’re happier, you excel at what you do. Some
of you may be small business owners and are nervous to take a vacation. But
hear this, in 2011 an Intuit study found that 82% of small business owners
experience an increase in on-job performance upon returning from vacation. A
small study commissioned by Air New Zealand using wrist trackers measured
vacation’s effect on sleep. What it found was that those who spend two to three
days on vacation added one more quality hour to their sleep regimen. Also their
reaction times improved by 80%. Get this. You’re not ready for it. Taking a
vacation can help you live longer. That’s right. A study published in European
Geriatric Medicine found that those who took short vacations had higher BMIs, worse
self-rated health, and a higher all-cause mortality. That means dying from
anything. Taking a vacation’s not gonna make you immortal. But the health
benefits definitely exist. So if you wanna live a long, healthy life, you gotta
enjoy yourself and take a vacation. – Hey guys, you ready to let the dogs out? –
What? – Do What? – I gave you the evidence-based health benefits of taking a
vacation, but it’s also important to do vacation the right way. Too many people
think that the only way to get at these health benefits is to veg out on the
beach. Nothing can be further from the truth. Enjoying a vacation can be about
setting goals, meeting new people, having new experiences. I just came back
from Kissimmee, Florida and I went kayaking with alligators, I went on roller
coasters, which I’m deathly afraid of. But it’s all about enjoying what makes
you happy. Once you get into that stage, that’s how you reap the physical and
mental health benefits. Fun fact, since everybody’s talking about boosting the
economy and creating jobs, if Americans took all their available time off, they
would boost tax revenue by $21 billion. And they would support 1.2 million
jobs. Crazy. Huge thank you to Kissimmee, Florida for sponsoring this video and
allowing me to reap the health benefits of taking a vacation, as well as
sharing with you what those health benefits truly are. As always, stay happy
and healthy. One of the longest running heart studies out there, the Frangiman
(claps) Framingham Heart Study.
Framingham, Framingham Heart Study. Framingham,
you gotta frame the ham. The Framingham Heart Study, that’s what it’s named.
(sighs) Oh boy, the beginning was so smooth, too. Why can’t I say Framingham? Say
it. – [Camera Man] Framingham. – Why can you say it, I can’t say it? I’m like
running out of air from some reason, it’s weird. Had higher BMI, worse
self-rated health, and. (grunts) Getting that cotton mouth. I even kayaked
with. (yells) We would boost the economy by $160 billion and create 1.2 billion
million jobs. I messed that up. We would get $121 billion in business profit
booms. Doctor, YouTuber, TV host, exotic bird photographer, professional
sandwich technician, bowling ball. (laughs) Punisher, I was gonna say. Bowling
ball polisher, professional llama jockey. All right that’s good.