Miserable at work? It could cost you big time if you jump ship too early to retire and get away from it.

So says a Motley Fool article on Madison.com. Citing a Conference Board report that more than half of Americans are "actively unhappy at work," which could lead them to make some less-than-prudent decisions about sticking with the job, the article says that such was not always the case.

In fact, in 1987, the trend went the other way, with more than 60 percent of workers saying they liked their jobs.

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