Another study, however, revealed that the benefits of taking a vacation may be felt more before the trip, rather than after. You might think that all of that lying out in the sun, hotel room service, and time off from work would be more likely to have you in better spirits than day dreaming about your vacay in the days leading up to it. But this study actually indicates a "marked increase in the self-reported happiness of vacationers in the weeks leading up to their trips." Basically the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation may actually have a greater mood-lifting effect. The lesson being — plan your trips earlier and start looking forward to a break now.
What do you make of the studies — are you in a better mood pre or post-vacation? Tell us about it in comments!