I enjoy payday, and it's not just because it means I can keep on paying my bills.
That's a big part of it, but, I also feel good that I've earned money doing something that I (and my employer) think has value.
Because work is important in multiple ways, it stands to reason that not having a job would do damage beyond the immediate lack of money. And that means the effects of this prolonged economic downturn will leave long-lasting scars. A project called Unemployed Nation has been capturing the stories of jobless people and exploring what being without work means for them.
Even as people return to work, they are left with economic gaps that are unlikely to be closed. Those gaps will affect future retirement and children's educational prospects among other things.