We’ve discussed a UBI, a shorter work week, anti-careerism, and similar things here at The New Floridian. As I was doing some research in mental health and working, I came across this very interesting study. If you’re working more than 39 hours per week, you may be risking your mental health.
The study, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, found an “overall workhour-mental health threshold” of 39 hours for women, beyond which mental health declines.
For men, the threshold was 47 hours — not because they are mentally stronger, the study’s authors are quick to point out, but because they spend less time doing unpaid domestic work, including child care, in their homes.
“Long work hours erode a person’s mental and physical health, because it leaves less time to eat well and look after themselves properly,” said Huong Dinh, the study’s lead author and a research fellow at Australian National University, in a released statement.
People who demand a shorter work week are not lazy, moochers or parasites. They may be the sound of reason. The strong work culture in the United States may be one reason we have earlier deaths and poorer mental health and levels of happiness than other developed countries.
Interested in how the U.S. stacks up to the rest of the world? Have a look:
U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world that has no legally mandated paid annual leave (or parental leave), which is among the reasons why we’re ranked 30th out of 38 countries for “work-life balance.
We are ranked 30 out of 38 countries for work-life balance! That’s ridiculous!