WSJ: QYB

I’m not sure whether to file this under "Duh" or "Interesting Observations." (Both folders are metaphorical, so I’m not thinking too hard about it.)

Jeffrey Zaslow writes in the March 4 Wall Street Journal, "From Attitude to Gratitude: This Is No Time for Complaints."

There may be a positive byproduct of our troubled times: a decrease in the urge to complain. People who still have jobs are finding reasons to be appreciative. (It feels unseemly to complain about not getting a raise when your neighbor is unemployed.) Can you wear it?Homeowners are unhappy that home values have fallen, but it’s a relief to avoid foreclosure. And yes, our portfolios have plummeted, but most of us can say that at least we didn’t invest with Bernie Madoff.

Mix some good fortune, a fear of losing your job, and some schadenfreude and suddenly

Job satisfaction is actually up, according to a December 2008 survey by Yahoo! HotJobs. Almost 38% of respondents said they were "very satisfied" with their jobs, compared with 28% in 2007.

Why?

Some people today may be smartly cutting back on complaining because they recognize it can be detrimental to their careers

That said, I’m going back to work.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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