AEI Visiting Scholar Arthur C. Brooks reports that Americans work more than their counterparts in many developed countries yet take less vacation time, and they appear to be happy about it. Brooks writes: "For most Americans, work is a rock-solid source of life happiness." His two recent articles on happiness and work include “Happy for the Work” and “What Really Buys Happiness?"
I want to find who these people who are happy with taking less vacation time and give them a radical re-education in slacking. What the fuck kind of jackass says to himself, "Hmm, I have some reports I could write instead of going to Barbados for a week in the sun and booze. I love these reports and mail merges so much that I can skip out on all that sand." Somehow, I think it is more along the lines of "SHIT! JESUS CHRIST!!! HOLY FUCKING SPIRIT OF GOD HOW AM I GOING TO PAY FOR THIS FUCKING CAR, MY HOUSE AND MY DAMN KID'S CELL PHONE BILL THIS MONTH?!?! I can't take this fucking vacation that I am about to pay for on my 7th credit card!! Goddam, I better get some more OT in."
I guess that is why on Labor Day we take the whole day to camp out in the office and get some extra reports in while every one else is out enjoying another fucking day off, just so I can get somewhat close to way the fuck behind.