Why You Should Work

  • I've been fascinated by the connection between emotional and physical health. Read anything that I see on the subject. (at least anything that's not written at a doctoral thesis level!) Just came across an article in the Harvard Business Review. link here

     

    "Our Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index found that among 47 high-income countries (as defined by the World Bank), the physical well-being of unemployed young adults between the ages of 15 to 29 is statistically tied with employed people aged 50 and older — 26% vs. 24% thriving, respectively. And in the U.S., where we were able to analyze a sufficient sample size, unemployed youth have a worse physical well-being compared with employed older adults — 23% vs. 31% thriving. (Gallup and Healthways define “thriving” physical well-being as consistently having good health and enough energy to get things done each day.)"

     

    What the evidence is showing is that being unemployed hurts your physical health. Which doesn't surprise me at all. We all think that we'd be happy watching reality TV or football all day. That's not true. We're happier when our work creates something useful or helps others.

     

    If you tie that to the fact that an increasing number of people are not in the workforce (94+ million) link here and millennial unemployment in double digits you'd be wise to be concerned.

     

    What can you do about it? If you're employed, do whatever you can to keep your skills current. Take classes, professional education, anything that will make you valuable to your employer.

     

    If you're not employed, don't give up. Keep on looking. Make finding a job your job. Don't be too proud to take a job that's 'beneath you'. Consider doing some volunteer work. Help a neighbor. Take up a creative hobby.

     

    Most importantly recognize that your self-worth isn't tied up in the work that you do. Being unemployed doesn't mean you're worthless. It just means that you need to find a job. We have a large number of articles in the library that can help you get back into the workforce.

     

    Keep on Stretching those Dollars!
    Gary

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