How true is the statement: With more pay comes more stress?
I’d say it’s true more than 85% of the time. Consider that more pay means one of three things.
1. While at your current job, you either received a merit raise for working harder or overtime pay for working longer.
2. You have been promoted to a more challenging position in the same company and you feel the need to “prove your worth” so you focus all your time and attention on doing so.
3. You have taken a job at a different company and have to not only learn a new job, but also figure out how to “fit in” to your new environment while learning the names and faces of your new co-workers.
Rarely, if ever, will you receive more pay for keeping the status quo. Ask any psychologist, change of any kind (even good change) is a source of stress. And have you noticed that much of the time, that added stress spills over into our personal lives? We have less quality time with our loved ones which causes stress on the entire family. When we go home after work, we’re tired. Our energy is sapped, but we have more to do. We argue with our spouses over petty things for reasons we don’t even understand. Anger and resentment develop, then apathy follows. Relationships fail and once again, the result is more stress.