3 reasons why every weekend should be long
Scheduling short vacations throughout the year increases employee well-being.
Short breaks can be the key to happiness in the workplace, especially if you take them regularly.
According to a small study published in the journal Stress and Health, employees who took four to five days off experienced improvements in health and well-being. And you know what makes a nice four-day vacation? A long weekend and a Friday off.
And while the positive effects faded after the vacation was over, the researchers found that the more relaxed and psychologically disconnected from work the participants were during their vacation, the better they felt when they returned to work.
Working long hours can be dangerous to your health.
If you find yourself chained to your desk over the long weekend, know that you're not doing your body any favors. A study published in the medical journal Lancet found that those who worked 55 hours a week or more had a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of suffering from heart disease, than those who worked a standard 40-hour week.
A four-day school week makes children better students.
A shortened work week isn't just beneficial for office workers. Elementary school children who participated in a pilot four-day-a-week school program scored significantly higher in math than those who went to school five days a week, according to a study conducted by Georgia and Montana State Universities and published in the journal Education, Finance and Politics.
Three-day weekend: Good for happiness, good for learning, good for health. Get off the computer, go on vacation!