4 Reasons Why Vacations Can Absolutely Make Your Kids Happier
Vacations. They gift us with a serious case of vacation brain as we find ourselves counting down the days until we finally get that much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And, we return feeling more refreshed and inspired than ever before, with memories ingrained forever in our minds.
But, I’m not just talking about that vacation you took last fall with your girlfriends or your spouse. I’m talking about that camping trip you and your family took when you were younger. And, that beach trip you took once you got to high school. Remember it like it was yesterday?
Maybe you didn’t even realize it during those moments, but those family vacations were building on each other, helping turn you into a happier human being. There’s actually a scientific phrase for that—happiness anchors.
Family Holiday Association actually coined that phrase based on its research, which proves that the happiest memory of 49 percent of those surveyed was actually on vacation with family. And, John McDonald, director of the Family Holiday Association, told Huffington Post what he had to say about that:
Reflecting on our happiest memories of joyful time spent together as a family can be extremely powerful in bringing relief and respite when faced with the darker times that life can bring. By using these happy memories as an anchor to take us back to more cheerful moments, we’re often able to approach problems with a fresh perspective.
Well, there you have it. Yes, traveling with kids can be difficult until you get into the swing of it. But, I just dished out some solid proof as to why you should pack them up and take your family on an adventure ASAP.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, I’m about to share four reasons why vacations can absolutely make your kids happier. Enjoy!
1. Some serious family bonding time.
Think about the conversations you have with your children, day-to-day. Is the focus on routines? Example being: “We’ve got work and school today and then I’ll pick you up and take you to [insert sport] practice. We’ll grab dinner, you’ll need to finish your homework, and shower before bed.” Phew. And, it repeats again the next day! Who has time for family bonding when your second job basically serves as your kids’ driver all day long?
Yet, when you go on vacation, your to-dos are few and far between—”Hey mom, let’s build a sandcastle together!” or “Let’s go skiing!” and even “Can we go to the museum or aquarium today?” The world of vacationing is a simple one. No soccer practices. No work meetings. It simply involves sharing ice cream together, seeing new destinations together, and, of course, spending quality, uninterrupted time together. That’ll bring some serious smiles to their faces.
2. An official detox from technology.
We live in a world where we’re able to use technology as a way to distract our children so we can get our tasks done for the day—from laundry to bill payments, and even watching one of your favorite shows. Ah, adulting is tough stuff.
But, when you jump on that vacation train for family fun, you give your kids an official detox from technology. You put them in an environment where they’re not only forced to unplug, but they actually want to. Trust me. They’ll be happy as a clam when it comes to getting out of the house and exploring places they’ve never seen before.
3. Educational exploration to flex those brain muscles.
Speaking of exploring, when you get your kids out of their comfort zone and introduce them to new languages, cultures, and people, you open the door to further their learning and knowledge—flexing those brain muscles of theirs.
Whether it’s hitting up the local museum for a staycation or going out of the country to the Caribbean, and soaking up the diverse cultures and sunshine, you’re bound to have some happy kids on your hands.
In fact, psychologists have found that learning actually improves our happiness. As Vanessa King, positive psychology expert at Action for Happiness, puts it:
Learning can help us build confidence and a sense of self-efficacy. It can also be a way of connecting with others too. As human beings, we have a natural desire to learn and progress. Psychologists call it mastery.
4. Happy memories that last a lifetime.
Again, vacations offer up the perfect opportunity for your children to create memories that’ll last a lifetime. Down the road, they’ll recall the things you did together as a family—the experiences. Not what you did (or didn’t) buy them.
After all, isn’t that the secret to happiness—spending money on experiences such as travel, and not materialistic things? I sure think it is!
Your kids won’t be kids forever—sadly enough. The years will fly by and they’ll fly the coop. So, today, I hope I was able to give you a small glimpse into why travel is one of the best gifts you can give your children (if you weren’t already convinced). Who doesn’t want to help give their kids’ happiness a boost? Guess you better start researching that next family vacation!
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