You shouldn't have to choose between your job and your life.

According to one recent study, 41% of Americans don't plan to take all their vacation days. According to another, the average worker fails to use 3.2 of their paid days off per year.

And that's if you're lucky enough to have paid vacation days in the first place. American workers happen to be the only ones in 21 advanced economies that don't have a legal right to paid vacation time. That's more than kind of ridiculous!


So if you are among the few proud souls who can take time off without getting fired...

DO IT.

Get up. Right now. Step away from your computer. Walk out that door. It's a beautiful day, isn't it? Now get in a cab and head to the airport. Go somewhere. I hear the Bahamas are lovely this time of year.

OK, that might actually get you fired. You ... might want to email your boss first.

But seriously. Take those vacation days! Life is short, and you never know when you'll have another chance.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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