Only 33 percent of Americans took a summer vacation this year

Oct 06, 2011

Less people took summer vacation this year than last year.

Many life insurance claims come after long bouts with health problems, which are often caused by stress. A new Rasmussen Report shows that the general American population may be less relaxed than usual, as only 33 percent were able to take a summer vacation.

That number is down from 41 percent last year and 37 percent in 2009. About 65 percent of adults said they did not go on a summer vacation this year. Much of the cutting has to do with economic issues, according to the report.

Of those who took vacations, 51 percent said economic conditions forced them to cut back on spending. As a positive, an additional 47 percent said the economy did not force them to spend less on the summer vacation.

According to Psychology Today's website, chronic stress takes a large toll on the body's ability to resist infection, maintain viral functions and avoid injury. The Journal of Applied Psychology said health complaints and exhaustion significantly decreased during vacation. Dr. Paula Caligiuri writes on her blog that those suffering from stress should take vacation days as a respite from the hassles of work. The hope is people who take more vacation time will live longer and file fewer insurance claims.

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