Planning your future travels can be good for your mental health, studies say

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  • Researchers found that planning future travels can help boost one’s mental health
  • One concluded that UK citizens who have trips to look forward to are happier than those without
  • Another study explained that future mindedness can be a source of joy when one knows that good things are coming

Is the uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on your mental health? Experts say planning for a trip can give you a mental boost.

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A study conducted by David Gilbert and Junaida Abdullah found that UK citizens are happier when they have a trip planned ahead.

“It appears that those who are waiting to go on a holiday are much happier with their life as a whole, experience less negative or unpleasant feelings and thus enjoy an overall net positive effect from pleasant feelings,” the paper said.

Those who are looking forward to a travel are also happier with their family, economic situation, and health domains as compared to those without trips planned.

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Another study conducted by researchers from Cornwall University found that “future mindedness” can become a source of happiness.

“Our future mindedness can be a source of joy if we know good things are coming, and travel is an especially good thing to have to look forward to,” Good News Network quoted Matthew Killingsworth, one of the study’s author, as saying.

He added that planning for a trip is exciting because while you know enough details about the place you are planning to go to, there are still “absent details” that will leave you looking forward to the actual experience.

“In a sense, we start to ‘consume’ a trip as soon as we start thinking about it. When we imagine eating gelato in a piazza in Rome or going water skiing with friends, we don’t see as much as we’d like, we get to experience a version of those events in our mind,” he said.

Maybe it’s time to start planning and starting to look forward to your next travel.