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Being a lazy bum is actually better for you mental health than having some thankless menial job. Right. Try explaining that to your old lady.

Australian researchers analyzed seven years of data from more than 7,000 respondents of an Australian labor survey for their Occupational and Environmental Medicine study.  In it they wrote:

As hypothesized, we found that those respondents who were unemployed had significantly poorer mental health than those who were employed. However, the mental health of those who were unemployed was comparable or more often superior to those in jobs of the poorest psychosocial quality… The current results therefore suggest that employment strategies seeking to promote positive outcomes for unemployed individuals need to also take account of job design and workplace policy.

So basically if you don’t mind being penniless you will fair better mentally by not having a job at all.  Yeah, we’ve totally gone soft as a species.

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