Could traveling make you happier? Study suggests yes

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    Whether you're traveling through the United States or abroad, you may notice you have a rosier outlook on life, and why wouldn't you? Many of the responsibilities of everyday life fade away and you get to enjoy all new experiences. Now, new research sheds some more light on the correlation between happiness and traveling, revealing how vacations impact tourists' social media posts, especially on Twitter, Mashable reports.

    Happiness in 140 characters
    The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Vermont who culled large batches of data - about 37 million tweets - regarding the sentiments people express while on Twitter. Then, they analyzed how those feelings changed given how far they moved from their home. Interestingly, the team found that the further people moved from their home location, the happier their tweets tended to be.
    "Expressed happiness increases logarithmically with distance from an individual's average location," the researchers found.

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  2. I will be deliriously happy then with my current travel plans which will see me hit several Countries this year all over 5000 miles from home. :D

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