When it comes down to it, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is really all about maintaining an appropriate level of happiness. Because that’s the goal of the end day, finding the right level of work that still allows you to enjoy life.
Some people actually enjoy sacrificing a bit of their personal life in pursuit of their career. And some would prefer to get out on the town on Friday nights.
Well, these places in Massachusetts haven’t quite gotten that down yet and are relatively stressed because of it. They are places where people struggle to find steady jobs, can’t always live comfortably, and then don’t get to enjoy things like family and friends as often as they would like.
We took a look at data from the most recent American Community Survey from the Census Department to identify which of the 119 biggest places in Massachusetts have failed to master the art of not bringing work home with them and living a balanced lifestyle.
After getting home late for dinner because of rush hour traffic, we were left with this set of ten places in the Bay State that have the most stress:
Read on to see how we identified the towns that are tearing their hair out from all the stress.
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There are certain characteristics that all people that have achieved work-life balance share — happiness and satisfaction.
They get to spend an adequate amount of time on the job above and then spend the rest of the time doing things that make them happy.
With that in mind, we identified this set of criteria from the American Community Survey:
Average Hours Worked: 39.6
Average Hours Worked: 38.5
Average Hours Worked: 38.1
Average Hours Worked: 40.2
Average Hours Worked: 39.8
Average Hours Worked: 38.8
Average Hours Worked: 38.6
Average Hours Worked: 38.3
Average Hours Worked: 38
Average Hours Worked: 37.4