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Darn That Work-Life Balance: United States Is No. 1 in Wealth, But Not In Happiness

Work-life balance.

Do you pull it off?  What about this… are you happy?

A new study out this week finds the United States ranks no. 1 when it comes to compiling wealth, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.  MSNBC reported on the study, which was intended to gauge well being in more than 30 countries around the world.  Apparently the average household income here in the United States came in at $102,000, though this sounded high to me.

However, though the United States ranked “above average”in overall life satisfaction, there were many countries that came in higher….and it seems that work-life balance is a sticking point.  This is the area we’re always aiming to make “perfect,” but somehow, we’re always feeling out of whack.

This phrase screams at us from magazine covers and we are constantly at odds with ourselves: how can we give everything we have to our families, to ourselves and to our work?  Sounds like an impossible task to me.  I say give up striving for balance.

We often hear that money can’t buy happiness, but do you think it is possible to feel on track in all areas and somehow manage to find that elusive balance between work and home?  Or must we sacrifice one for the other?


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