Why we get a surge of energy before a vacation — and how to recreate it

Pre-Vacation Energy, Explained

In general, the way we feel is constantly being influenced by a variety of factors, ranging from objective stressors to our thoughts to physical sensations. The sum of all these factors ultimately affects our general mood and motivation level.

In the case of an upcoming vacation, we begin to feel excited and happy at the thought of whatever blissful plans are approaching. Dr. Lara Fielding, a behavioral psychologist and the author of “Mastering Adulthood”, says this happiness is likely due to a surge of dopamine production, a feel-good chemical that’s released in our brain whenever we experience something rewarding.

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