Apparently the largest boost to happiness that comes from holidaying is in the planning. Researchers from the Netherlands found that the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks while even relaxed holidays didn’t affect post-trip happiness levels.
The advice, says Mr. Nawijn, the report’s author, is to plan smaller trips throughout the year.
Even if you are lucky enough to be booking up the Bahamas, why save your holiday buzz for the planning? Make your home a place you look forward to being in: a place for relaxation, leisure and carefree living.
Neutral colours – white walls, naked wood, Aztec cushions
Natural fabrics – canvas couches, wicker baskets, woven rugs
Hints of hobbies – guitars, surfboards, magazines on display
Easy living – rugs for bare-feet, throws at hand, un-fussy accessories for functionality not glamour
Inside out & outside in – undressed windows, outdoor living spaces, plants inside.