The holiday happiness curve: a preliminary investigation into mood during a holiday abroad


  • Jeroen Nawijn

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    1. Breda University of Applied Sciences, Breda, the Netherlands, and Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    • Breda University of Applied Sciences, Mgr. Hopmansstraat 1, PO Box 3917, 4800 DX Breda, the Netherlands; Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, Burg. Oudlaan 50, PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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We take holidays for pleasure, but how well do we actually feel during our holiday? This question was addressed in a study of 481 international tourists in the Netherlands, who answered questions about their mood of the day and about their satisfaction with life in general. Average mood appears to be high. Mood was somewhat lower among people who were in the first ‘travel phase’ of about 10% of the holiday duration. Mood was highest during the ‘core phase’, which covers about 70% of the holiday time. Mood then declines slightly, but increases during the last part of the holiday. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.