What the Happiest People Do at Work
Of course, they're doing something they find meaningful. But what else makes them so darn positive?
They're not doing "salary math."
When people break down their earnings by the hour, they derive less happiness from pleasurable experiences, found a study at the University of Toronto. (Participants reported that even pastimes like browsing the Web or listening to music weren't as enjoyable after thinking about their hourly wage.) Subconsciously, it's hard to shake the feeling that any time not getting paid is wasted. And while people work more when they are motivated by thoughts of money, found a study at the Wharton School, they don't want to socialize as much—which puts a damper on happiness.