OFFICIAL: Taking at least three weeks off work will help you live longer 4 years ago

OFFICIAL: Taking at least three weeks off work will help you live longer

Grab your mates and go off on holidays; science says so.

You all need longer holidays.


In fact, while we're at it, we're also going to demand that your boss installs complimentary Playstation/Xbox booths in your office and makes all of the following freely available; sweets, business hammocks, beer Mondays, pizza Tuesdays, cake Wednesdays, pay rise Thursdays and no work Fridays.

Oh yeah, we should all get helper monkeys too.

Aside from these supercalifragilisticexpialidociouslyawesome innovations, you can now tell your boss/manager that you should also be given at least three weeks of holiday every year.

Why? Well, an extended time away from work has been scientifically proven to help you live longer.


If your boss argues against this, just tell them that you've got science on your side because research that was presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich has argued for longer holidays.

The 40-year study found that patients who took less than three weeks of annual holiday were more likely to die young than those who took more.

Professor Timo Strandberg of the University of Helsinki in Finland said: "Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays. Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.”


Of the 1,222 men that were studied, it was discovered that those who took fewer than three weeks off each year were 37% more likely to die young.

The good Professor adds: “This stressful lifestyle may have overruled any benefit of the intervention. We think the intervention itself may also have had an adverse psychological effect on these men by adding stress to their lives.”

Professor Strandberg also noted that stress management was not part of preventive medicine in the 1970s but is now recommended for individuals with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease.

Yep, we fully agree.