First, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Indexhas released a report on how one's job impacts one's well-being.
"Despite the recession, it still pays to be your own boss," says the report, which is based on surveys of over 100,000 working adults. It may be one of the largest surveys of its kind. Business owners ranked first in overall well-being. The Wall Street Journal reports the findings "reflect the important of being free to choose the work you do and how you do it."
Coming in second are professionals (doctors, lawyers), followed by managers and executives.
Also ranking high, farmers and foresters!
This group scored first in emotional health, which the Journal described as "the amount of smiling, laughter, enjoyment and happiness," even as farmers were near the bottom in terms of access to basic necessities. It's further proof that working with the land is a good thing. Meantime, people with jobs in manufacturing and production had the lowest scores for overall well-being. No surprise in this economy.
Another study gets down and dirty about cleanliness - Taking a shower is bad for your health.
"While daily bathroom showers provide invigorating relief and a good cleansing for millions of Americans, they also can deliver a face full of potentially pathogenic bacteria, according to a surprising new University of Colorado at Boulder study," blares the uplifting news release which popped into my inbox.