All day long I’ve been thinking about home. And not in a ‘home is wherever I’m with you’ sort of way. Oh no, today I’m thinking about getting away from home and going somewhere far, far away – all because Twitter told me to.
Would you do whatever Twitter told you to? Or is that the modern day equivalent of ‘following your friends right off a cliff?’
Thing is, Twitter seems to have all sorts of research and science and statistics to support the theory that people get happier the further away from home they travel. Are we tweeting while visiting the Coliseum and climbing the Eiffel and swimming with the dolphins? Or do we really just get all sorts of happy when jaunting somewhere new?
Or, we could spin it all around and say that we’re more likely to be tweeting about our dislike for work and snow and traffic when we’re at home – and so, by comparison, we’re much happier on vacation? What do you think?
Now, a blessing for my blog and a problem for my close friends: I love reading newspapers and magazines just as much as I love reading books and, in the thick of all that reading, I like asking people “did you know?” and “what do you think?” and “if this article says this and that book says that then can it be possible…?’
And on that note, I just read a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research that lists the US as the only developed country that doesn’t legally require paid vacation. If you’re lucky enough to get 2 weeks vacay from your job, well, you’re just that – lucky! It’s not required, which is unfortunate, because according to Twitter – we’re going be much, much happier if we get away for a fortnight or two (or three if you’re me).
But, then again, my little cousin made the happiest little igloo, and she seems pretty content in her home. Maybe, like most things, it’s about perspective? I suppose some people are happier at home in their warm igloo than traveling here and there and everywhere.
Side note: Denmark pays employees more while they’re on vacation to cover travel expenses. I might leave my igloo and move to Denmark for that kind of pay.