Randoms-Wanna be Happier? Get a Hobby! Lose Weight? Get a Friend

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Americans may not take all their vacation days … but that doesn’t mean we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about those vacation days. New research revealed that Americans spend 284 days of their life dreaming about being on vacation -- and we spend more than 113 hours every year thinking about being on a beach somewhere. And your vacation pics on social media make people jealous. The study found that every day, the average person sees 2.4 vacation pictures on social media that make them jealous. That’s probably why 36 percent of Americans admit they put those vacation pics on social media to show people how great their lives are.

      

And here’s why we should take those vacation days … The study found that 52 percent of Americans say “relaxing” is their top priority when it comes vacationing, 71 percent say they smile more on vacation, 69 percent say they laugh more, 71 percent say they feel less stressed, and 25 percent say they even exercise more while on vacation. (SWNS Digital

     

Think yourself rich … According to a new survey, 53 percent of Millennials believe they will one day be millionaires. This is pretty remarkable, since many of these same Millennials are dealing with big-time student loan debt and nearly one-in-five still rely on their parents for financial support. It doesn’t matter. It seems they see young entrepreneurs making fortunes and think they can do the same. Something to be said for the power of positive thinking … (Daily Mail)

           

Let’s hear it for hobbies … This summer, why not take up a new hobby?  A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that people with hobbies were much happier and healthier than those who didn’t have a passion outside of work. (Best Life)

                   

Want to lose weight and get fit? Enlist your friends. A study found that 95 percent of people who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program, compared to a 76 percent who did it alone. Those who got fit with their friends were also 42 percent more likely to keep the weight off. (NBC News)

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