The benefits of traveling, according to science

The benefits of traveling, according to science

The benefits of traveling are reflected in our physical and emotional health. Traveling makes us happier and can even reduce the risk of having a heart attack. So why not do it? Even when we can have a job that we love and an active social life, nothing can compare with the experience that a trip can provide. Visiting other places changes our perspective of the world and, through people, culture, clothing, food and music we appreciate more how wonderful it is to live. People who travel constantly, like the digital nomads know how exhilarating and exciting it can be. Whether you travel to another country or the next town you live in, traveling is an experience that is not only enjoyed, but it also translates into benefits to our health and state of mind.

1. The happiness of planning the trip According to a study carried out in the United Kingdom, people feel particularly happy when the holidays are approaching, because this can mean travel. The excitement of choosing the destination, buying plane tickets, preparing the suitcase and waiting for the trip in general often cause great joy. This is due, according to the study's argument, to the fact that the level of the pleasant effect in people changes positively and, consequently, increases their well-being. In addition, another study suggests that the anticipation of the trip may be even more pleasant than the anticipation of acquiring a material good.

2. Against stress and negative emotions When work is something that really overwhelms us, traveling is not always with the purpose of knowing new places, but simply to get away, as much as possible, from the negative things of our life. According to the stress survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, vacations and trips can help manage stress and negative emotions by eliminating the environments and activities that are sources of our stress. It is even believed that a trip can help to re-establish our emotions, making us more compassionate in certain situations.

3. Not to get depressed And is that, who would be depressed while traveling on a cruise in the Caribbean? In the cities life goes much faster and, between the constant bustle in work and traffic while driving can cause serious problems of depression and irritability, which in turn directly influences the general welfare. According to the results of the study conducted by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who travel only once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression and stress than women who go on vacation at least twice a year. Changing the house or office and the activities we do on a daily basis for a different environment with different activities can bring a lot of benefits at the psychological level; For example, the mind can restore, as well as the body, the effects accumulated by being subjected to long periods of stress.

4. Enriqueciendo nuestras experiencias Como lo predican los seguidores del estilo de vida minimalista, las posesiones materiales no siempre suelen brindar la felicidad verdadera y, si lo hacen, es una felicidad momentánea pues las cosas materiales se vuelven viejas, se desgastan y se deprecian. No así las experiencias gratas como el viajar. Tanto los viajes largos como los cortos son una acumulación de experiencias enriquecedoras debido a la exposición a ambientes totalmente nuevos a lo que estamos acostumbrados; como la cultura, las tradiciones y las perspectivas del viaje. Ese hecho quedó de manifiesto en un estudio realizado por la Universidad de Cornell que demostró que, comprar experiencias de viaje nos hace más felices en el largo plazo que comprar cosas materiales.

5. Viajar reduce el riesgo de un ataque al corazón Aunque los ataques al corazón van a la alza por diferentes causas relacionadas a la alimentación y la falta de actividad física, los estudios han encontrado que los hombres que no acostumbran tomar vacaciones durante varios años son 30% más propensos a tener un ataque al corazón. Por el contrario, los hombres que viajan regularmente son 21% menos propensos de sufrir un ataque de ese tipo. Las mujeres que viajan sólo una vez cada seis años tienen ocho veces más probabilidades de sufrir un ataque al corazón. Aunque los hallazgos parecen sorprendentes, es evidente que, los viajeros tienden a ser más activos que las personas que pasan la mayor parte del tiempo en una silla de oficina. Senderismo, alpinismo, snorkel y caminata son actividades que a menudo realizan los viajeros y que aumentan la salud física y mental de quien las realiza.

Posted on 08/18/2018 0 471

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