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How Work Can Benefit Your Life

by Miranda Marquit

Most of us dream of a time when we no longer have to work. It’s the ideal dream: No work responsibilities. However, a life without work might not be your ideal life after all. Working, whether you work from home, or whether you drive into work, your job might actually be benefitting you.

The benefits of work go beyond just the mere fact of cash flow management. Working isn’t only about receiving the money necessary to buy the things you need in your life. And it isn’t just about being able to afford your wants. Your well-being is also tied to work. Here are some ways that work can benefit you:

Keep Your Brain Active

working is good for you!

Working is good for the mind, body, and soul.

When you are working, you have something for your brain to do. Keeping your brain active is an important part of staving off dementia and other issues. If all you do is sit around, drinking lemonade and watching the neighbors, your brain could deteriorate faster. Work can provide a challenge for your brain, and keep it active, improving your mental health.

Some Stress is Good for You

There are some indications that there are types of stress that are actually good for you. Constantly being “stressed out” probably isn’t good for you, but some level of stress can encourage you to improve performance, work better, and even provide you with feelings of accomplishment and even happiness. Work can help you learn to direct your energies, and help you manage your stress, in ways that ultimately help you down the road. If you never have any stress, there is very little to propel you to achieve — and to enjoy the happiness of feeling like you’ve done something worthwhile.

Social Interaction for Emotional Health

Social interaction is important to our emotional health as human beings. Social interaction can help you feel better about yourself, as well as help keep you from suffering in other ways. When some people stop working, they can feel depressed, and unconnected. Sometimes, even though I have work, I feel this way because I work from home, in isolation. I manage these feelings by connecting with people online, and making it a point to enjoy social interactions offline as well.

Going to work can provide you with a place to regularly associate with others, and to feel connected to the world around you. Your emotional well-being can be enhanced, and you can feel happier and more fulfilled when you have these connections.

A Sense of Purpose

Many of us are happier in our lives and in ourselves with a sense of purpose. Work can provide that, as well as provide you with an income. You have a reason to get up in the morning, and you have something to accomplish. Work can drive you to get more done, and to manage your time better so that you can accomplish other important things. Many people find that, when they don’t have work, they lose the drive to do anything productive. Sometimes, work provides that sense of purpose that can help you move on in your life.

While there are ways to get these other benefits without working at a traditional job, for many people work is one of the most natural and easy ways to reap some of these benefits. What do you think? Do you benefit from work?

Photo credit: MTAPhotos


Published or updated April 9, 2012.
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1 Krantcents

I like my work routine. I am also working on my retirement routine now so I do not miss the work routine.

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2 Jeremy @ Modest Money

I always hear about people retiring and really struggling to adapt. It really goes way beyond just having something to fill your time. There are all kinds of emotional benefits. You just feel better about yourself and get the things that your mind needs to stay satisfied.

I also am working from home right now and can really relate to the feeling of isolation. Getting into blogging was a great way to combat that. Instead of working on my ‘island’, I was suddenly directly interacting with so many people.

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3 AverageJoe

Great piece. I get bored sitting on the beach. When I’m “relaxing” I’d rather play a board game or puzzle than sit and watch t.v. Work = my play.

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4 Bob

Your article made my day! I’m 65–so could retire. But I’ve already informed people I never plan to retire. Financially, it wouldn’t be a problem. But I love my jobs (and I work 12 hours a day!)–and want to keep on going. Fortunately, being where I am, there’s no mandatory retirement (one woman finally retired at 77; another is still going fine at 87!). Besides….if I’m retired, there’d be no weekend to look forward to :) Thank you so much for an article I’m not only going to share–but am going to hang up at both offices!!!

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