Work-life balance is important. We have gotten used to this lifestyle of continuously working and making our jobs a priority so much so that it has become the dominant narrative of what it means to be a good worker, and even a core part of our identity. I thought the same way until I met people from Norway and Denmark! They shared with me how their country values balance - there must be time for family and self-development. Denmark believes so strongly in this that they are now moving towards a 4 day work week. They are happy and balanced people because they have gotten their priorities right. In fact, they were named the most productive country in the world! In Singapore, we have many hardworking people. We pour in a lot of our time and heart into our jobs. But many are not happy and I don't think it is so much that we hate our jobs, but there is an imbalance. We have no time to enjoy with our families, to pursue hobbies and interests outside of our jobs. We need to move towards a society that takes care of people first - advocate for balance and time for family, and stop the obsessive focus on productivity and the economy. These will come when you have happy and healthy workers.