Going on holiday is good for your health, new research shows

You don't have to be a scientist to figure it out, but at least there's evidence to make you get #OutOfOffice

We have known it for a while and you don't need to be a scientist to know it but setting your Out Of Office and getting away from your job is extremely good for your health.

A new study in the US has shown that by going on holiday or vacation you lower your risk of heart attack and depression. Living near a park also helps with individuals' mental health according to a study done at the University of Exeter Medical School.

One survey shows that after being away for only a day or two, 89 percent of people are able to leave the stressors of work behind and relax. And in terms of day to day life, ordinary activities, such as reading newspapers, playing games such as Sudoku, listening to the radio and visiting museums, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 47 percent.

Health benefits of going on holiday

However, the new survey also showed that despite having aspirations to travel and a clear understanding of the immediate benefits that travel has on mood and happiness, only 35 percent of Americans cite travel as a “very important” driver of long-term health.

The survey also showed that those who travel are more satisfied emotionally, physically and financially than non-travellers.

So as if you had any more reason to set your out of office than this, now the scientists tell you it's great for your health too!

The survey was carried out by the Global Coalition on Aging.

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