Women's Health

The Fling Effect

If you’ve ever had a summer romance, you know the exhilarating sensation of a no-strings-attached affair. And if you haven’t, you can probably imagine the fluttery feeling that comes with a short-term infatuation (thank you,Grease, and every Nicholas Sparks novel). Either way, applying that same approach—taking a temporary time-out from your everyday—might be exactly what you need to feel butterflies for life.

“A sabbatical refreshes your outlook and renews enthusiasm for what you already have,” says sociologist. Taking a break creates a personal paradigm shift: “When it’s over, you notice things you’ve taken for granted, and even the elements that haven’t changed start to look and feel different.”

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