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August 28, 2018

Why You Should Celebrate Labor Day by Taking a Break from Work

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP

Labor Day was invented because workers felt they were spending too much time working. Sound familiar?

Today most people associate Labor Day with last day of summer barbeques, but many see it as a bonus holiday instead of a gentle yearly reminder to take a break from work. If you’re planning business as usual this Labor Day, here are six reasons to change your mind.

  1. The average person logs 90,000 working, a third of their life.
  2. Americans spend more than 100 hours commuting every year, and long commutes are linked to things like obesity, high blood pressure and depression.
  3. A quarter of Americans say work is their single biggest source of stress.
  4. The U.S. is the only advanced economy not to guarantee paid time off.
  5. Every year, 28 million Americans do not get a single paid day off.
  6. The average American worker receives 10 paid vacation days, but half don’t use them.

Business experts say job satisfaction jumps to from 40 to 70 percent when employees take time off. Physical health follows the same trajectory. If you haven’t taken your share of vacation, rethink your Labor Day plans!