Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Career, money, happiness?

Maybe it's just the end of summer, but I've seen a number of posts and articles about happiness and work lately. The one thing almost everyone agrees on: it's not about the money.

Ken Makovsky, What makes us happy (at work)?
...Despite worries about their economic future, Americans put pay, benefits, and job security lower down the list of qualities that are important to them in their job than a sense of fulfillment, opportunities to help people, and autonomy in how they accomplish their tasks.


Penelope Trunk, Three more ways to think about career happiness
  1. Many people want fame, but it's bad for you.
  2. Rich people are not happier but they say they are.
  3. Keep your commute short and your TV off.


CFOs think money is the main factor in the decision to take a job; Jason Alba takes issue.

Matthew Herper, Money won't buy you happiness (ok, this one's not so recent):
According to Ed Diener, the University of Illinois researcher who surveyed the Forbes 400 and the Maasai,... happy people tend to have higher incomes later on in their lives. So, while money may not help make people happy, being happy may help them make money.

C'mon, people, let's get happy!

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