There’s about a 25 percent chance you or someone you know will be working this Thursday when the rest of the U.S. is tucking into a turkey feast. But apparently even  those who have to work the big American holidays are pretty happy with their jobs and their lives, according the  “Heartland” poll conducted by Allstate and the National Journal.

The poll found that 87 percent of respondents said they were living a good life, and more than half said it was not necessary to be wealthy in order to enjoy a good life. A good job was much more central to this sense of well-being: 97 percent said making enough money to live comfortably was necessary to the good life, as was providing financial security for one’s family (94 percent), having a job that permitted work-life balance (94 percent), and being successful at work and being recognized as successful (76 percent).

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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