Travel And Wellness: Studies Reveal That Travelling Creates A Positive Impact On Both Physical And Mental Health

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald December 19, 10:31 am
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Tourists take photographs in front of Egypt's famous Giza Pyramids on December 18, 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. Since the 2011 Arab Spring and continued terrorist attacks throughout the country, Egypt's tourism industry has been hit hard.
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Travelers would be thrilled upon finding out that traveling is actually good for the health. Studies reveal that traveling, or building memories do not only boost physical health, but it also creates a positive impact on the individual's mental health.

Studies revealed that investing in experiences, rather than material things is the key to long-lasting happiness. Huffington Post reveals that experts suggest that material things may create temporary happiness, but those who build memories often end up happier.

A psychology professor at the Cornell University, Dr. Thomas Gilovich stated that human being is accustomed to getting bored once they would go through a specific routine. This being said, building memories do have a lasting impact on one's over all health,

"One of our enemies of happiness is adaption," Gilovich stated. "We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed, but only for a little while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them. "Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods, you can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless, they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are a part of you. We're the sum total of our experiences."

LA Times then added that traveling has the capability to keep both the heart and the brain healthy. They then stated that it keeps a person young [or young at heart] and it definitely makes the individual healthier.

The website then added that the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Assn. made a research in regards to traveling and correlation to health. Their studies reveal that travel offers the same sort of "physical and cognitive benefits" as doing activities such as crossword puzzles or a trip to the museum.

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