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Studies show that traveling not only makes you happier, but also smarter

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Traveling not only makes you happier, but also smarter

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For many people, holidays are about disconnecting from everyday life. It has been proven that traveling not only makes us happier, but also smarter.

Summer is the main travel season – most people take advantage of the warm months to go on a well-deserved vacation. Here you will find relaxation and tranquility, but at the same time you will discover new things and be inspired. The exact way we prefer to travel is of secondary importance, because we can experience exciting adventures and encounters both on safari and on a city trip in Europe or on a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia.

It has now been scientifically proven how good traveling is for us. A study from the Finnish University of Tampere, for example, suggests that we recover much better on a day off than on a day off at home. On the one hand, this is certainly due to the fact that we are completely freed from everyday obligations on vacation, but on the other hand, it is also due to new impressions and a change of scenery when traveling.

Travelers are more open to other perspectives

But travel can do more than make us happier and more relaxed. It also makes us smarter. It was the result of a study by William W. Maddux of the University of California. Along with other researchers, the psychologist examined international students who were abroad for their master’s degree. The team around Maddux found that these people have exceptionally high “multicultural engagement”. This means that they are particularly good at adapting to new cultures. Moreover, they apparently have a higher “integrative complexity” than others, that is, a greater willingness to recognize and understand different perspectives on facts.

What is particularly interesting is that international master’s students apparently find employment more quickly after completing their studies than others who have remained in their social and cultural environment.

Those who travel a lot may be smarter and more creative than others

William Maddux failed in another study Proving something similar: For this study, the psychologist asked a group of college students to consciously recall a time they had spent abroad. Then they have to write it all down, then take the Remote Associates Test (RAT), a classic psychology test of creativity. A second group should not just wallow in travel souvenirs, but take the test directly. Result: the first group was able to solve 50% more problems than the second group. From there, the Maddux-led researchers concluded that the experiences in foreign countries and cultures made the students more creative and solution-oriented.

In both scientific studies, the focus was less on the recreational effect that we get, for example, from a week’s all-inclusive vacation. Rather, it’s about immersing yourself in a foreign world, dealing with the people and customs there. If we get involved, we can benefit from the journey in several ways, namely psychologically, emotionally – and apparently also cognitively.

Most of you have probably experienced it first hand: as enjoyable as a purely relaxing vacation on a sunny island can be, other trips shape and change us in the long run. Because they can change our view of the world – and ultimately also of ourselves.

Sources used: geo.de, forbes.com

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