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According to leading psychologists, people who take short mini breaks throughout the year maintain an overall better state of contentment and happiness than those who save up for one big holiday per year.
Romantic get-aways and mini breaks make for many more happy memories than extended holidays. According to Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist, Professor at Duke University North Carolina and author of "The Upside of Irrationality" suggests that holidaymakers rather break up the big holiday time by doing work in between; this allows them to have a better appreciation of the time off.
It also comes down to the ebb and flow of holiday enjoyment apparently. As a person becomes accustomed to being on holiday and the lifestyle that comes with it, the less they tend to enjoy it. Professor Ariely says:"On a long vacation, day seven is less good than day one because it's not as exciting. That's why in general, going away four times [a year] provides more benefit than you would expect, and going away for one week provides less benefit than you would expect." So you'll enjoy more of your mini break than you would of an extended holiday, overall.
Short trips and mini breaks also have some wonderful health benefits such as:
Improving your overall cardio health. According to research, people who took only one vacation once every six years or less were almost 8 times as likely to develop heart disease as those who took at least 2 holidays annually. The Framingham Heart Study followed 12,000 men listed as "at risk" for heart disease over nine years and those who took more vacations lived longer.
It will improve your mental health: In a study published by medicalnewstoday.com people who took frequent mini breaks were less likely to become depressed, tired, or tense. The same study showed that those who took holidays less frequently tended to have more insomnia and general stress at home.
Holidays tend to increase your energy levels and improve relaxation. Getting in some extra sleep on a mini break helps jumpstart good habits and may lead to maintaining higher energy levels and general fitness even after the break.
The benefits of short breaks don’t stop there. Taking mini breaks throughout the year provide excellent opportunities for family gatherings and activities. Going away as a family two or three times a year allows you to spread the quality time you spend together over a longer period of time. According to http://www.noholidaynolife.com: "Booking holidays in this way also means that some members of the family who may not be able to make it to one vacation through work or study commitments might be able to go to another and therefore don’t miss out."
Low season is upon us, and Ocean Park Guest House is inviting you to take advantage of our very special Mini Break offer.
(Valid until 5 December 2012)
Monday to Thursday 20% discount
Friday – Sunday 15% discount
Normal rates between R 370 – R 400 per person sharing & R 440 – R 470 per person single. Rates are inclusive of a delicious continental and cooked breakfast.
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