June seems to be the perfect time to explore the benefits of a vacation. Most families have just begun the school summer break and many individuals look forward to a little fun in the sun. However, as generations pass we seem to work more and vacation less. The bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average productivity of the American worker has increased 400% since 1950. We've evolved into a society that either doesn't value the need for a vacation or is too afraid to take one for fear of losing our job or being seen as lazy.

The American national average of weeks worked per year far outweighs our European counterparts. According to the International Labor Organization, Americans are paid for only 13 vacation days per year, while most Europeans get 20. Finland and France receive 30!

The truth is that for many of us more work can lead to more stress and stress is the number one cause for many of life's ailments, physically and psychologically. Following are links to articles that explain the effects on our brains and bodies. However, I think DaVinci said it best:

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power and judgment…go some distance away, because the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen"