I’m just back from a weekend in Brooklyn visiting my daughter. I left Denver in a snowstorm and found myself in a green, fresh spring Brooklyn. Who knew that I could feel more nature in Brooklyn than in Colorado?
As I walked around the neighborhood I noticed lots of color in the form of petunias in pots, pansies in window boxes, tulips and daffodils in clusters around the base of trees. The trees were all in bloom with big tulip shaped flowers and some of the smaller blossoms fell like snow in the breeze. The air was crisp and the streets lively with people, babies and dogs enjoying the promise of spring.
We wandered through the Brooklyn flea (best flea market ever). We enjoyed a huge donut from the local bakery “Dough” and bought an odd collection of stuff. You can buy just about anything at the flea. Good selection of second hand stuff and local artisans. I came home with quite a few treasures, of which my cobbler form for a man’s shoe is my most favorite.
We had breakfast at the Clinton Hill Café, and dinner at the General Greene. Dinner was just an excuse to get to the best part of the meal, which is their salted caramel ice cream sundae – complete with cake and salted pretzels.
The more we walked around, the more I had a sense of community. I felt I had become a part of something. On this spring morning, no one was pushing and hustling. No one wanted or needed to be somewhere else. Everyone wanted to be there, in Brooklyn on this beautiful warm spring Saturday morning. It was a real treat to see this side of Brooklyn.
There is no better reason to take a holiday than your own mortality. Vacations are one of the best ways to step out of your daily routine, recharge your batteries and see things from a different perspective. If you are still living, below are 5 reasons you need a holiday now!
It is therapeutic to get away from your daily routines of life and be exposed to different environments. Being away from home you can step “out of character”. Your responsibilities lessen on vacation and you can develop or rely on different aspects of your personality. Vacations can be life-altering experiences.
Scientific studies support the healthy aspects of vacations. In a twenty-year study of women The Framingham Heart Study found a higher likelihood of heart attack and death in those women who took infrequent vacations. Homemakers who reported that they had a vacation once every 6 years or less had almost twice the risk of developing myocardial infarction or coronary death as homemakers who took vacation two or more times per year.
Other studies have found a positive relationship between vacations and intellectual functioning  and increases in life satisfaction after a vacation.  Employee burnout decreases and efficiency increases post vacation.
Getting away might save money in the long run. It might be cheaper to improve your marriage or prevent job burnout by taking a vacation rather than pay for psychotherapy or prescription mood altering drugs.
Vacations are an investment in life (your life) rather than investments you bank away and only enjoy on paper.
The decision to travel is a matter of priorities. Don’t wait until it is too late to take a break from your life and enjoy a healing holiday.
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