Americans generally believe that they need to “deserve” their vacations—that they should work hard, even push themselves, before they actually take a break.
In researching my book, The Happiness Track, I came across these startling statistics:
– Although Americans have fewer vacation days than people in any other country, they have been taking less and less vacation over the last 15 years.
– Fifty-five percent of Americans did not use all their vacation days in 2015.
– Even when they actually do take vacation, 41 percent are checking into work while away (i.e., they are not fully unplugging).
– 84 percent of U.S. executives have cancelled vacations in order to work.
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