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Vacation Deprivation

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Americans given 14 days off and take 10, leave twice as many days unused as last year; French take all 30 available days while also feeling most vacation-deprived.

Via Andrea Rossi, Roland Schegg
Susan Taylor's insight:

Vacation deprivation?  Until today, I had never heard of such a thing. 

Yet a recent study by Expedia reveals stark global disparity in work-life balance.

 

Here are some of the findings:

 

  • Americans treat vacations as a luxury rather than a right. Over the past year, Americans were afforded 14 days of vacation and took 10, leaving 4 days on the table, twice as many as the year prior.
  • The French lead the world in vacationing, taking all 30 possible days available to them. At the same time, a full 90% of employed French adults either strongly or somewhat agree with the sentence, "I feel vacation deprived," well above the global average.
  • Norwegians, by a wide margin, feel no such thing: only 17% of Norwegians describe feeling vacation-deprived.
  • The Japanese are given a relatively robust 18 vacation days (the global average is 20); they only take 7. At 7 days taken, Japan joins South Korea as the most vacation-deprived nations in the study.

 

What are your vacation habits?  Do you feel vacation-deprived?

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Thankful Much?

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Suddenly everywhere we look we are reminded to be grateful, but how exactly can we express our gratitude?
J Ruth Kelly's insight:

We can make a study and ritual of gratitude, if we so desire. And, for me, that's the point, the only point. I've not found choosing happiness works to make me happy and neither have I found thankfulness to make me happy. Did the chicken come first? Or the egg? 

 

I've found happiness comes and goes and sometimes gratitude comes from happiness, sometimes vice versa. Sometimes happiness just is and it's the same way with thankfulness. The point here? There's value in the art of cultivating a mindset as long as you've decided why it matters to you and what you want to create for yourself. While this article doesn't go into that fact, it does pack up quite a feast of gratitude opportunities. You'll be glad, grateful, thankful for the ideas and the thoughts on Thankfulness especially this time of year.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:50 PM
grat·i·tude

1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


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