I’ve always thought that being in the moment brought about the greatest happiness. Don’t dwell on mistakes of the past, don’t stress about the future. Just “be” and all is well.
According to The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) (Yes, this is a real thing) and a recent study on vacations and vacation planning, the greater amount of respondents were happier in the planning stages than actually on the vacation.
Besides wondering how I can become employed by such a fun sounding society, I had to delve into this a little deeper. These lucky folks indeed studied vacationers as they planned their trips, then again when they returned from said trips. Apparently the most fun for the largest sector was in the planning of the trips.
The outcomes of this study “helped decision makers apply performance measures and outcome assessment techniques.” To me, this means, company management can go ahead and cancel vacation days. Work product will increase, dividends will pay big time. All a company has to do is ask employees to spend an hour a week planning a vacation that they will never, ever take. Let them dream of warm beaches, snowy peaks, great museums. They don’t have to buy new clothes, strip down for TSA, or sit idle on the tarmac.
If all people have to do is anticipate something to feel great, I am feeling terrific! I’m visualizing my latest novel published, whether it ever gets there or not. Success guaranteed. What the hell am I doing editing a novel when I can just visualize it. I can see the cover now, designed by my friends at Hunchback Graphics. I can see myself signing piles of books at a trendy booksellers, sipping a skinny latte, joking with famous people.
In fact, why am I writing this blog, when I could have just planned it? I suppose you knew this all along and allowed me to keep going.
Thanks a lot.
What are you visualizing?
Link to article: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11482-009-9091-9