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How to Bring Your Vacation Home With You

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BE OPEN TO UNEXPECTED, IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES.

The cruel thing about vacations is that they are pleasurable but finite. I recently had time to contemplate this unwelcome fact during a 10-hour flight home from a Greek island where I had spent a paradisiacal two weeks. I found myself wondering about the relationship between the duration of a vacation and the longevity of its mental health benefits.

Is a large amount of time off the secret to bringing your vacation home with you?

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