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Keep it short, stay happy

People who avail mini breaks have more happy memories than those who holiday for longer periods.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2010 01:16 IST

People who avail mini breaks have more happy memories than those who holiday for longer periods, a new study says.

The explanation is that people’s enjoyment wanes as they become accustomed to their holiday lifestyle. “On a long vacation, day seven is less good than day one because it’s not as exciting,” says a Telegraph report quoting Professor Dan Ariely, who teaches behavioural economy at the Duke University in North Carolina, US.

“That’s why in general, going away four times (a year) provides more benefit than going away for one week,” he says. However, Tim Harford, the author of Dear Undercover Economist disagrees saying increased number of trips would only increase the stress associated with travelling.

“If you pack three times as many holidays into the same amount of leave, you can expect three times as much trouble,” he says.