Mental health problems? How about a script for a Hawaiian vacation?


Go on a trip, you will feel better.

Do we need an academic study to tell us that?

Probably not… but at least now you have a little more ammunition for your argument with your spouse about the “really need” for the vacation you want to take!

Escape and take your anxieties with you

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A new research paper from a university in Australia shows that going on holiday has a positive impact on mental health issues and even conditions such as dementia.

Who doesn’t need a little cognitive stimulation

Daily Science reports that new environments and experiences can provide useful cognitive stimulation. Vacations usually include more walking, fresh air, and sunshine. Scientists say more research is needed to see if vacationing can become a medical intervention for dementia or even depression.

I see it now, my doctor writes me a prescription for Maui but my health insurance will only pay for four days and not seven. Too bad, I guess I’m only going for four days! Hey, whatever works! Hello!!

Changing our perspective on tourism and travel

You may have heard of music therapy or art therapy, but what about “travel therapy”? It’s not that far from that. Study Supervisor Dr. Wen:

This research is among the first to conceptually discuss how these tourism experiences could potentially work as dementia interventions…experts recommend dementia treatments such as music therapy, exercise, cognitive stimulation, reminiscence therapy, sensory stimulation, and adaptations to patient mealtimes and surroundings…the impacts of these are also often found when a patient is on vacation

Tourism has been found to improve physical and psychological well-being. Travel should therefore perhaps be considered not only for healthy tourists, but also for vulnerable groups. It is time to rethink the role that tourism plays in modern society. (I bet everything!!)

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Every beach town has its share of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best in which to live. For the knowledge, Stacker consulted WalletHub data, published on June 17, 2020, which compares American beach towns. The ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Cities ranged from 10,000 to 150,000 people, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read it complete methodology here. From these rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.


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