Work Does Not Add Much To Our Happiness—Study Reveals

Unemployment is a dreaded feeling among the mass- employment adds up to mental health, because with it comes with a promise of smooth life. But, according to a recent research published online on June 18, in the magazine SSM (Social Science and Medicine), our brain favors only a day’s work, a week.

Based on the research conducted on 70,000 or more adults by the Univ. of Cambridge, people’s psychological health gets boost when they are employed. But, it favors only 8 Hrs. of job per week. No indication of added welfares has been observed when people spend more hours in work.

Although, a day’s work, a week is not happening in near future and it would also fail to please those who flourish on the work.

According to scientists, Daiga K. – Hanta and Brendan Burchell, their study indicated that people would approve working lesser hours than the typical 40 hours. The researchers argued that in future, with jobs turning the path of automatization, work opportunities would gradually dwindle; job opportunities could only open up when everybody would work fewer than the typical 40 hours.

Burchell stated that this new shift in working pattern could introduce benefits like an increase in family time and a dip in consumerism which had been observed in countries like Germany where the typical working time had been reduced from the past couple of decades.

Burchell added that most of the people work for meeting the daily demands and not for their psychological welfare. Fewer hours of work could be afforded only by people such as ‘empty nesters’, who are paid high wages.

This study was based on the information collected by conducting a study on over and above 70,000 Britons, with the survey being conducted twice amid 2009-2018.

The partakers were asked to answer a questionnaire, which included topics like depression, anxiety, and problems related to concentration and sleep.

People who were unemployed at some stage of time were the main focus of the survey. The researchers observed that with employment, their psychological state gradually improved.

But the study concluded that 8 hours of effort a week is favored, with no added benefits for working extra hours.

Burchell said that his group was researching the observations in other countries too and they wanted to know whether they would meet the same conclusion.

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