Hello friends! Today is my last “takeover” guest post for the week. Corey is back from her vacation and she will be back in blogging action on Sunday with her next fabulous Everyday Nostalgia post. I’ve had a great time this week sharing my favorite nostalgic television theme songs on Music Monday and my nostalgic trip to Disneyland on yesterday’s Throwback Thursday post. Thanks for all your great comments and feedback on the website, Facebook, and Instagram! I’m happy that I was able to connect with all you great Nostalgia Seekers!
Speaking of vacations, today’s Remember Reminder is a simple, yet difficult thing to remember, and sometimes a ridiculously difficult thing to execute, particularly in America:
#rememberreminder: Take A Vacation!
The research is startling:
- According to a 2016 study by Project: Time Off, more than half of American workers (55%) left vacation time unused in 2015;
- That adds up to 658 million unused vacation days, with 222 million of those unused days completely forfeited. That adds up to billions of dollars in lost benefits.
- The reasons for workers not taking their vacation days? Too much work, no one else can do the job, and vacations cost too much.
- A whopping 80 percent of employees said they would likely take more time off if they felt supported and encouraged by their bosses to do so.
- “Employees who took 10 or fewer days of vacation time are less likely to have received a raise or bonus in the last three years than those who took 11 days or more.”
- Finally (and really I’m not trying to make American workers feel too depressed), European countries seem to better understand the value of leisure time:
Ultimately, we all make choices about how we spend our time. If your employer gives you a certain amount of paid vacation, you are entitled to it. You can either choose to take your vacation days, or you can choose to work instead and lose your benefits.
It’s up to you.
The key to making sure you take your vacation days? Plan to take them!
“The single-most important step workers can take is to plan their time off in advance, as more than half (51%) of planners used all their earned vacation time compared to 39% of non-planners. Yet less than half (49%) of households set aside time to plan their vacation time each year. Further, planners reported greater happiness in every category measured, especially relationships with partners and children.” – Project: Time Off
And why shouldn’t you take vacation? The benefits of taking a vacation are tremendous:
- Stress reduction
- Heart disease prevention
- Improved Productivity
- Better sleep
Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Or prevent heart disease? Or reduce stress? Or improve productivity? All that sounds pretty good if you ask me.
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“No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time on my business.” – Paul Tsongas
If you haven’t taken a vacation this year, search the internet for great travel deals. Call your friends and family. Make a plan. Whether you crave a once-in-a-lifetime adventure trip, a nostalgic road trip in the ol’ family truckster, or a relaxing staycation, use your vacation time and don’t let it go to waste.
With that, I’m off on a quick vacation to see the Total Solar Eclipse in my hometown of Casper, Wyoming!
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Thank you, Corey, for the opportunity to share my writing and stories here on The Nostalgia Diaries! I look forward to continuing to enjoy all the great nostalgic content in the coming months and years! And hey, maybe you will invite me back to contribute to this great blog!
Cheers and Happy Vacations to all!
Talk to me, people! What are YOU planning for your next vacation? If you have not taken a vacation this year, why not?
At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.