Regular vacations are good for employees and good for the company, regardless of a worker's job or salary. Despite this beneficial scenario, only about half of American workers take regular vacations.

That's what Gallup found when it asked nearly 150,000 people during 2014 about their leisure time habits.

"Americans who say they take regular trips have significantly higher well-being than those who say they do not," Gallup reported, "and this difference persists across all income groups. In fact, those who earn less than $24,000 annually and say they take regular trips actually have higher well-being than those who earn $120,000 or more but say they don't regularly make time for vacations."

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.