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2010

Vacationers Happier, but Most Not Happier after a Holiday

Nawijn, J., Marchand, M., Veenhoven, R., & Vingerhoets, A.
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Nawijn, J., Marchand, M., Veenhoven, R., & Vingerhoets, A. (2010). Vacationers Happier, but Most Not Happier after a Holiday. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 5(1), 35-47.

Abstract
The aim of this study was to obtain a greater insight into the association between vacations and happiness. We examined whether vacationers differ in happiness, compared to those not going on holiday, and if a holiday trip boosts post-trip happiness. These questions were addressed in a pre-test/post-test design study among 1,530 Dutch individuals. 974 vacationers answered questions about their happiness before and after a holiday trip. Vacationers reported a higher degree of pre-trip happiness, compared to non-vacationers, possibly because they are anticipating their holiday. Only a very relaxed holiday trip boosts vacationers’ happiness further after return. Generally, there is no difference between vacationers’ and non-vacationers’ post-trip happiness. The findings are explained in the light of set-point theory, need theory and comparison theory.

Keywords: Happiness - Holiday stress - Quality of life - Subjective well-being - Tourism
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