Americans still don’t know how to sit back and relax, according to a new study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. The findings reveal that Americans experience a very slight increase in happiness from working longer hours, while Europeans are happier with more leisure time.
While the researchers cannot say for certain whether work causes happiness or unhappiness, they do hypothesize that the association is related to how an individual measures success.
The study used surveys of European and American attitudes, finding the likelihood of Europeans describing themselves as “very happy” decreased from 28 percent to 23 percent as work hours increased. Meanwhile, Americans’ happiness stayed relatively consistent, with a 43 percent chance of describing themselves as happy regardless of the amount of hours spent working, LiveScience reports.
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