What you really should be thinking about doing – and evidence would say that this is what we really ought to do – is to take short breaks. Because… most experiences in life, we don’t remember how long they lasted, and that’s pretty much true of everything. So, what you really want to do is try and have one memorable, peak experience. You know, that time the whole family comes together at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the week is a miserable week in Paris in the rain. But if you can get that one moment, that’s the bit that you encode. So, little short sharp breaks…
You want to try and come back home in a nice way, because we also encode the end experiences as well. We take peak experiences and we take end ones with us, and we don’t really encode how long things lasted.
Prof Paul Nolan, behavioural scientist at LSE, on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Sept 27th, 2014
Peak experiences and end experiences. As for holidays so for jobs, relationships… the whole shebang.