Abstract

This research examined the role of vacations as a stress reliever, particularly focusing on the underlying psychological experiences associated with recovery. Building on the Effect-Recovery Theory, the Conservation of Resources Theory, and research on mood regulation, this research investigated the effects of vacation recovery experiences on overall life satisfaction, and further tested whether the proposed effects are moderated by vacation length. The study results indicated that life satisfaction after vacation is positively influenced by perceived control, psychological detachment from work, relaxation experience, and mastery experience during vacation. The results also revealed that longer vacations might provide more opportunities for detachment and mastery experiences. It is thus concluded that taking a vacation (even a weekend getaway) can help individuals to recover from stressful work, while individuals can benefit more from longer vacations.

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Vacation Recovery Experiences on Life Satisfaction

This research examined the role of vacations as a stress reliever, particularly focusing on the underlying psychological experiences associated with recovery. Building on the Effect-Recovery Theory, the Conservation of Resources Theory, and research on mood regulation, this research investigated the effects of vacation recovery experiences on overall life satisfaction, and further tested whether the proposed effects are moderated by vacation length. The study results indicated that life satisfaction after vacation is positively influenced by perceived control, psychological detachment from work, relaxation experience, and mastery experience during vacation. The results also revealed that longer vacations might provide more opportunities for detachment and mastery experiences. It is thus concluded that taking a vacation (even a weekend getaway) can help individuals to recover from stressful work, while individuals can benefit more from longer vacations.