Longer Vacations May Be the Secret to a Longer Life

Longer vacations could extend your life, according to a new study from the European Society of Cardiology. The research, which was conducted over 40 years, followed 1,222 middle-aged male executives who had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.

 About half of them (610) were given advice about how to improve their health every four months, such as exercising regularly to lose weight. Researchers found that in this group, the men who took just three weeks or less of vacation each year had a 37 percent greater chance of dying compared to those who took more than three weeks off.

 That may be because the men who took shorter vacations ended up working more and sleeping less, which upped their stress levels and harmed their health. This stressful lifestyle may have overruled any benefit of the intervention.