A new poll conducted by the Institute for Applied Positive Research has found that simply planning a trip can help boost happiness and alleviate stress.
The survey, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, found that just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy this year, down from 31 percent in 2018, and 97 percent say that having a trip planned makes them happier.
Here are some of the results the survey found:
97 percent of respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier.
14 percent say they’re very happy with this year. Down from 31 percent in 2018.
50 percent said they often feel isolated. Up from 23 percent in 2018.
82 percent reported that having a trip planned makes them “moderately” or “significantly” happier.
71 percent say they feel greater levels of energy when they have a trip planned in the next six months.
95 percent say just having something to look forward to makes them happier.
80 percent say that having those plans be in the next six months would bring more joy.
96 percent said that getting to travel and feeling safe while doing it would bring them peace of mind.
These findings come just a couple of months after a study revealed that Americans are experiencing the lowest levels of happiness in 50 years amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
If you are feeling a little low; consider planning a trip for some point down the line, or even locally, to try and boost your mood.