The New York Times:
Wish you were on vacation right now? Don’t. Taking a vacation won’t necessarily make you happier. But anticipating it will.
I first explored this idea while reporting an article about happiness in 2010, the same year that a psychological study about the connection between anticipation and happiness was published online in a journal called Applied Research in Quality of Life. The authors of the study, researchers from the Netherlands, interviewed more than 1,500 people, including 974 vacationers, and found that the vacationers felt most happy before their trips.
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