Do you love working but are constantly told by naysayers that you're a workaholic working yourself into an early grave?
Science to the rescue! Researchers say that there's nothing wrong with "engaged workaholics":
Engaged workaholics, these experts say, are distinct from the classic, compulsively driven worker who can't unplug ever and always feels like he or she should be working and suffer greater-than-average ill effects: more conflicts at work, less job satisfaction, poorer social relationships, more heart attacks, more divorces.
Engaged workaholics may dodge some or all of those nasty repercussions for one simple reason: They love what they do. They get a kick out of it. They don't feel stressed by it.
'"They work because work is fun," says Wilmar Schaufeli, professor of work and organizational psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, whose team coined the "engaged workaholic" term.
Work engagement is a fairly new term in occupational psychology circles: It's basically defined as a healthy, positive passion for work — the opposite of the stereotypical uninterested slacker who slides by doing as little as possible throughout the day.