Why Do We Work So Hard?

A recent Business Insider article discusses something that plagues many of us.  We're working too hard and not devoting enough attention to enjoying our lives.  "Overearning" - toiling excessively to accumulate resources we don't really need - is widespread.  Is this phenomenon attributable to habits our ancestors developed over time, as the article suggests?  I think that's part of it, but our cultural addiction to stuff is another factor.  

Of course, we need to impart the value of hard work to our kids.  Otherwise, they'll never be able to provide their needs for survival.   But we also need to teach the values of happiness and encourage lives of balance and purpose.   

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