High school students learn early on that their future careers should be passion-driven. Self-help books counsel job searchers to start with reflecting on what they love. And Hollywood films teach people, in romantic fashion, to aspire to work that is intrinsically satisfying and expresses their authentic selves. Researchers call this way of thinking about work the passion paradigm, and studies show it's become pervasive in modern societies.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Galen Watts from KU Leuven and the University of Toronto writes about the Great Resignation and how the “do what you love” philosophy is contributing to it.

He says while it can fuel demands for better, more meaningful work, that's only possible when it’s accompanied by a strong social safety net. He adds: “Workers don’t need to stop loving their jobs. But they should ask whether their jobs are themselves loveable.”

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All the best, 

Haley Lewis

Culture + Society Editor

The passion paradigm is one cause of what has been dubbed the “Great Resignation.” (Shutterstock)

‘Do what you love’ could be contributing to the Great Resignation

Galen Watts, KU Leuven

The passion paradigm can fuel demands for better, more meaningful work, but this is only possible when it’s accompanied by a strong social safety net.

The best way to stop new variants from arising is to increase the proportion of vaccinated individuals while maintaining infection prevention measures like wearing masks and social distancing. (Shutterstock)

Omicron: Vaccines remain the best defence against this COVID-19 variant and others

Julian Daniel Sunday Willett, McGill University

Even with a variant like Omicron that may be more transmissible than earlier variants, vaccines remain the most effective tool for protection against COVID-19 and for ending the pandemic.

A man wearing a protective mask rides his bicycle past a face mask mural during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette 

Feeling powerless in the COVID-19 pandemic? 4 principles of self-determination can help you take back some control

Kate Mulligan, University of Toronto

People can counter the helplessness felt during the pandemic and build power by creating a sense of purpose and community amid the confusion of COVID-19.

Using social media increases our natural tendency to compare ourselves. How does this affect our well-being? (Shutterstock)

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Sabrina Laplante, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Comparing ourselves to people who are worse off than we are on social media should make us feel better. The opposite is true.

The acting foreign minister in Afghanistan’s Taliban-run cabinet, Amir Khan Muttaqi attends a session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers, in Islamabad, Pakistan, in December 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The U.S. failed in Afghanistan by trying to moralize with bullets and bombs

F. Haider Alvi, Athabasca University

To prosper after the legacy of imperialism and colonization, Afghanistan needs partnerships and business investment, not bullets and bombs.

La Conversation Canada

Omicron : ceux qui ont reçu une 3ᵉ dose peuvent dormir tranquilles

Andrew Lee, University of Sheffield

Voici pourquoi les contaminations chez les personnes ayant reçu trois doses de vaccins contre la Covid-19 ne doivent pas vous alarmer.