Maybe your New Year's resolution for 2018 included actually taking a planned vacation instead of just spending a couple of extended weekends hanging around the house. Well, if that's you, then you'll want to know this.  New research shows that going on a cruise is good for you.

Sure cruise ships have had some issues in the recent past but if you get one that doesn't include a fire on board or stomach flu for all and it goes as intended, then you are in for long lasting positive results.

Asian researchers gave a psychological questionnaire to 300 travelers who had just returned from a successful cruise vacation, and questionnaires to another 300 people who had taken a cruise six months earlier. They found taking a cruise taps into three different types of well-being: the emotional experience of a getaway, the relationship factor of meeting new people, the experience of seeing new places and ultimately broadening one's personal horizons. When is the last time you took a vacation that paid those kind of benefits?

Here's the real dividend to such a vacation. Six months later, cruise-goers were still experiencing these positive effects. The conclusion reached - "cruise vacations offer more value than simply short-term hedonistic experiences and contribute to broader aspects of life satisfaction and positive function." (Daily Mail)