While studying for my Stress Management exam I could not help but re read a section that I find to be so incredibly prevalent!!
AMERICANS NEED TO VACATION MORE
Here are TRUE statistics:
Number of vacation Days received a Year
United States: 14
Great Britain: 24
So who’s moving to France with me!?!?!?
Also, more true statistics right out of my book….
“Since 41 percent of American workers regularly work more than 40 hours a week, they really need these vacation days. Then, when they do take vacation, 23 percent check their work voice and e-mail, and one-third have trouble coping with stress from work at some point during their vacation. Furthermore, while vacationing, 43 percent of American workers do at least some work, using their laptops (41 percent), cell phones (30 percent), personal computers (10 percent), or PDA’s (7 percent). Researchers argue that the high value placed on hard work and productivity in the United States and a strong work ethic have led to this unfortunate vacation-time disparity.”
So next time you go on vacation, do your body a favor and just RELAX. Leave the laptop at home. Use the cell for emergencies. Break out the dusty camera from under the couch. And go explore! If Americans are only limited to a 2 week vacation then good Lord we should savor every bit of those 2 weeks!