If you’ve got some holiday days left to take this year, make the most of them. Tirelessly working for the whole year isn’t doing your health any favours. In fact, a little bit of relaxation here and there could add years onto your life.
One study found that men at high risk of coronary artery disease – who failed to take annual vacations – were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.
In the same vein, in the longstanding Framingham Heart Study, women who seldom went on holiday were at higher risk of coronary heart disease and a heart attack.
Specifically, women who hadn’t taken a holiday at least once every six years were eight times more likely to die earlier than those who vacationed twice a year.