July 18, 2014

The Unhappiest Worker

Psychology Today offers a profile of the unhappiest workers in America today.  She is female, in her forties, unmarried with no children, earning less than $100k a year and in a professional position such as doctor or lawyer.    --

A more comprehensive analysis of trends in subjective well-being across several decades came to similar conclusions regarding female happiness. In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness published by the American Economic Journal, researchers Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that although women's life circumstances have improved greatly over the past few decades by most objective measures, their happiness has declined—both in absolute terms and relative to men's.

This is so sad.  I know many women who fit this profile. They ignored their biological nature, postponed marriage and swallowed the feminist ideal of being a self-sufficient super achiever, unburdened with children.  So, they have no one to love, no one to care for, no one to give them emotional support.  Except for cats.

By contrast, the profile of the happiest worker is a married male, with a young child, in a senior management position, earning between $150k - $200k and a wife who works part-time. 

Posted by Jill Fallon at July 18, 2014 12:14 AM | Permalink