Sunglasses and flip flops on beach mat and sand

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

We know getting away from the daily grind makes us feel good, but is it just the temporary exhale we crave, or do we actually need breaks in our routine to be truly better at what we do?

Vacations are great and all, but there’s one little problem: We don’t take enough of them. In fact, U.S. employees only use 51 percent of their eligible paid vacation time and paid time off. And to top things off, of those who do pack their bags and head out on a trip, 61 percent work while on vacation (despite complaints from family members). So why do we leave paid time off on the table? We fear returning to a ton of work, worry no one else can do our job while we’re gone, can’t financially afford to go away, and don’t want to be seen as replaceable. But research shows vacations are good for us. Taking time off can improve happiness, well-being, mental health, relationships, productivity and reduce stress. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the benefits of vacations.

Vacations are a must: Proven reasons why you need more time off

by Eugene Feygin

Eugene is a home chef and photographer that travels the world, loves to cook, and experiments with food while sharing his finds with the community.

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