During cold winter months, it’s fun to plan and dream of warm vacations in Italy.
That’s just what was found in a study done in the Netherlands, where 1,530 Dutch individuals answered a questionnaire about their happiness before and after a trip. The biggest increase in happiness came from the actual act of planning the vacation. The purpose of the study was to find the relationship between vacations and happiness.
If the participants of the study had a very relaxed vacation, then they were happier for a longer period post-trip. But, basically, there was no difference between a vacationers and non-vacationers post-trip happiness.
Unlike this study though, happiness will not drop back to basics when you return from Italy, because one of the purposes of The Italy Retreat for Women is to learn HOW to be happy and create la dolce vita, ‘the sweet life’ wherever you are! Triple whammy–it’s a win-win-win। Happy planning, happy savoring Italy, and happy when you return. You’ll learn how to change your limiting beliefs while on the workshop in Italy, which is a serious cause of unhappiness. The result is continued happiness long after your return home.
As poet Anna Akhmatova puts it, “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”
You will learn to break away from outdated beliefs about what’s possible in your life. Also, you’ll discover how to ‘create’ your life instead of being the victim of your circumstances.
Find out more about Cinque Terre in other blog posts here.
Sallee Haerr, one of the women who attended last year’s trip wrote a guest post I think you’d enjoy.
Photo: Rocky sunbathing beside the long sandy beach at Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
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