All The Happy Workers

By Odessa Oda

"What if the greatest threat to capitalism, at least in the liberal West, is simply lack of enthusiam and activity?"

“All the Happy Workers” is an interesting article out of The Atlantic about keeping employees happy at work and the consequences to the economy when they are not. The article questions how long can we expect to grow economically when so many are just dropping out; even though they are "present."

This "All the Happy Workers" is a great example why we here at UrbanityLife promote finding your passion, it will not only save you, and it may save our way of life.

Too many people work because they simply because they need the money. We tend to work for companies who drive for the bottom line makes us expendable; and we know it. How do you inspire commitment from someone you’re not committed to? So we drudge a long doing just enough to not get fired or worst actively not doing what we are paid to do. This affects the bottom line. More importantly it affects us.

It allows hungrier people to eat better than those who are satisfied. It makes us disengaged with our family and communities. It affects our health, physically and mentally. It actually kills us. Or at least the parts of us that make life worth living.


"The end of capitalism has often been imagined as a crisis of epic proportions. Perhaps a financial crisis will occur that is so vast not even government finances can rescue the system. Maybe the rising anger of exploited individuals will gradually congeal into a political movement, leading to revolution. Might some single ecological disaster bring the system to a halt? Most optimistically, capitalism might be so innovative that it will eventually produce its own superior successor, through technological invention.

But in the years that have followed the demise of state socialism in the early 1990s, a more lackluster possibility has arisen. What if the greatest threat to capitalism, at least in the liberal West, is simply lack of enthusiasm and activity? What if, rather than inciting violence or explicit refusal, contemporary capitalism is just met with a yawn? From a political point of view, this would be somewhat disappointing. Yet it is no less of an obstacle for the longer-term viability of capitalism. Without a certain level of commitment on the part of employees, businesses run into some very tangible problems, which soon show up in their profits."

 Read the complete article here