Economic production has been linked to overall happiness, as shown in this 2010 post from The Atlantic. While you can’t argue against the data, it can make you worry a little.
It makes sense that in our society, where value is all too often placed on material accumulation, people who find themselves out of work and/or not making high amounts of money, would experience lower levels of well-being.
Of course, if you define yourself by what you do, how much you make, and what you can buy, you will undoubtedly have a lower perceived self-value if you aren’t making big money.
It correlates with the introduction of the Sabbath in the Hebrew scriptures. God commanded an entire nation to rest once a week who until that point, were valued on their production levels. If your value equals the amount of bricks you can make (or for us it might sound like: reports you can file, designs you can create, articles you can write, campaigns you can produce, etc.), taking a day off is ludicrous. But it is exactly what was and is required for a new perspective on value and worth.
The message of Exodus: You are valued because of who you are, not based on what you can produce.
We all need to be reminded of that from time to time.