Several recent studies show that the U.S. is the most overworked nation in the world. The average American will spend over 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime.
Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. If Americans loved their jobs and were overworked, things wouldn’t be so bad. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The sad reality is that 80 to 90% of Americans hate their jobs.
I’m a firm believer that we all have a purpose in life and we are all called to do work that we love. Working a job you hate can have some SERIOUS negative side effects on your life and your health. If you hate your job you should think about making a change, and start doing work that makes you happy. Here’s why…
1. Hating Your Job Makes You Gain Weight
It’s pretty much impossible to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle if you hate your job. Nearly half of America has gained weight at their current job; 28% have gained more than 10 lbs, 13% have gained more than 20 lbs.
2. Hating Your Job Keeps You Awake At Night
Getting a good night of sleep is critical for your health and well being. Studies have shown that people who are miserable at work often find it harder to fall asleep. Additionally, researchers have found that people who hate their jobs don’t sleep as well.
3. Hating Your Job Makes You Sick
If you hate your job, chances are it’s making you sick as well. Constant stress and anxiety lowers your immune system. Research has shown that more than 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress-related illnesses.
4. Hating Your Job Can Lead To Divorce
If you hate your job it’s difficult to leave your problems at work. Often times people bring their baggage home with them which can cause problems at home and in their relationships. Additionally, studies have found that people who are unhappy at work are more likely to get a divorce and have less satisfying sex lives.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”-Steve Jobs
Often times we feel stuck at our jobs and it can become difficult to make a change. If you don’t enjoy your work find a way to improve your current work situation, or find another job where you will be happy. With work taking up so much of your time you might as well try to do something you truly love. The real risk is not taking a chance and trying to make a change.
Are you doing work that you love? If not, what’s keeping you from making the leap?