DoctorI’ve finally discovered research which supports my contention that I need to take a vacation at least every other week.

Westman M. & , Eden D. (1997).  Effects of a respite from work on burnout: vacation relief and fade-out. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82(4), 516-527. From the abstract: “…burnout returned part way toward its prevacation level by 3 days after the vacation and all the way by 3 weeks after the vacation.”  Briefly, the positive benefits of taking a vacation staved off burnout from 3 days to 3 weeks.

This means that the psychological benefits of taking a vacation fade at roughly the same rate as one’s tan. Having an all-over tan may delay the return of burnout somewhat, but that has not been fully investigated. I’m considering submitting a research proposal to the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and Oprah Winfrey to fully study the issue of tan-fade and the onset of burnout.

If you’re interested in being a subject for this study, please leave a comment and let me know what tropical destination you’re willing to travel to for science. Remember, this is for science. Science. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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