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Work, consumption, and wealth Week 5 1
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Short essay question What is an ideal work for you? How does it f it with your conception of the good life? 2
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3 How central are work, consumption, and wealth in the good life? Is work important? How much money do I need for leading the good life? Work hard, spend hard, and work harder?
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Work How influential is work to individual well-being? How central is work to the good life? Would you choose to work even if you are not financ ially required to do so? What is an ideal work? How should I choose my career path? 4
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How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? How influential is work to individual wel l-being? See Caza and Wrzesniewski, “How Work Shapes Wel l-being,” Oxford Handbook of Happiness , pp. 69 3-704. 5
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How influential is work to indiv idual well-being? (1) Large amount of time spent on work or work-rel ated activities. Our lifecycle seems structured by work Preparing for work Entering into it Contemplating exit 6
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7 How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? (2) Work affects many aspects of people’s lives living location living schedule the material life and the mode of life experien ces
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8 How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? (3) Work and physical health Safety, security, workload, work duration, and workplace environment have huge impacts on employees’ physical well-being.
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10 How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? (4) Work and mental health We experience a range of emotions of varying strength at work Anxiety, stress, dissatisfaction Sense of accomplishment and fulfillment Sense of fairness/unfairness Sense of social bondage/conflict.
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11 How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? (5) Work and self-identity “You are what you do.” People are what they do, and what people do effects every aspect of who they are. Work brings meaning to one’s life and one’s self But does work really define one’s identity? See Gini’s articles - ‘Work, Identity and Self’ and ‘Work: the process and the person’.
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How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? Traditional society – a person’s identi fy was defined by his “station”, family and clan ties, class, citizenship, morali ty and rituals, or religion. Confucius: The gentleman has no way of tak ing his stand unless he understands the ri tes. (Analects, 20.3) 12
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How influential is work to indi vidual well-being? Modern society – these social structures and norms have given way to a human-cente red worldview, capitalism, individualism.
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  • Fall '17
  • Franz Mang
  • Personal life, Simple living, Oxford Handbook of Happiness

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