Working fewer hours does not increase overall happiness, study says

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  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 30, 2013 1:17 a.m.

    I would say this study is propaganda. Of course people would be happier if they could have more time for them self more time off from work. The ideal would probably be at 20 or 24 hour work week.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    As always, young people today are lazy, apathetic, spoiled, etc. Has there ever been a generation that hasn't made these remarks about the one it precedes?
    Maybe this sentiment has more to do with becoming cantankerous in old age than it does with the work ethic of people starting out.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Our furlough ended 5 weeks early. Many people I talked with were somewhat disappointed, though happy to have the money back, they also really enjoyed having the time off. When I asked them what they did during those days off, most of them had really done nothing momentous with the extra time, just stay home... myself included. I had some plans to do monumental things, but never got around to it--and then the time was gone.

    I think if you want to really enjoy your exta time off, you need to use it up in something more worthwhile than sitting home and watching TV. A coworker is in the middle of a big kitchen remodel, that because of his personal budget cuts, he's doing himself. He's had to take additional time off because the time he thought he'd be forced to take off is no longer off. I see him being very satisfied with fewer hours. So I suppose it really depends on whom gets fewer hours and if they have worthwhile tasks to accomplish outside of their jobs. For some people, their job is their life.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    Over the past couple of decades productivity and thus wealth in the United States has greatly increased. This because of technology and increased working hours. The added wealth has gone to the top '1 percent'. The market place isn't working for the common person as it ought to. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    Yeah, John Tesh logic at it's finest. Regurgitate what a 'study indicates'. I'm approaching retirement. Trust me, working fewer hours will increase overall happiness, even though I know that no one younger is willing to step up and work at the level it is going to take to replace me; at least I've protected myself from their motivational deficiency. The overall unhappy people of today already work few hours, and that's their problem. They need to kick it up a notch to find their dignity and if they don't see that, sorry about their luck. I'm outta the work force soon, and you're refusing to join. Working fewer hours only fails to increase happiness if you fail to find it by working at least a few to begin with.