America’s Happiest Employees Work at These 25 Companies

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Though the traditional saying is “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” another equally valid bit of advice is to work for a wonderful company and you’ll probably love your job, even if it isn’t necessarily your passion.

To discover just which companies are indeed wonderful employers, Comparably, a website that collects data about workplace cultures and compensation, analyzed anonymous data from millions of people across the country and came up with a list of 25 companies with the happiest employees. The survey covered topics including compensation, work-life balance, perks and benefits, and overall culture through questions like “On a scale of one to 10, how likely are you to recommend your company to a friend?” and “Are you proud to be a part of your company?”

The list below includes companies with more than 500 employees, at least 75 of whom participated in the survey. Though recognizable corporations like LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Google all ranked within the top 25, the top spot was taken by Zoom Video Communications, a California-based tech company that provides video and audio conferencing services to other businesses. And it appears that Costco employees, regardless of what might go on behind the scenes, are happy enough overall to rank third.

While sunny California boasts an impressive nine companies on this list, the hustle and bustle of New York seems to do little for employees’ happiness—UiPath, a software company that specializes in robotics, was the only New York-based company to rank at all.

You can peruse the full list below, and find out more about Comparably’s research methodology here.

  1. Zoom Video Communications (San Jose, CA)

  1. LinkedIn (Sunnyvale, CA)

  1. Costco (Issaquah, WA)

  1. HubSpot (Cambridge, MA)

  1. Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

  1. UiPath (New York, NY)

  1. Workfront (Lehi, UT)

  1. H-E-B (San Antonio, TX)

  1. Insight Global (Atlanta, GA)

  1. T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA)

  1. Wells Fargo (San Francisco, CA)

  1. Dynatrace (Waltham, MA)

  1. Quatrics (Provo, UT)

  1. Google (Mountain View, CA)

  1. Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA)

  1. Southwest Airlines (Dallas, TX)

  1. Smile Brands (Irvine, CA)

  1. Northside Hospital (Atlanta, GA)

  1. Intuit (Mountain View, CA)

  1. Sunrun (San Francisco, CA)

  1. LogMeIn (Boston, MA)

  1. Stanley Black & Decker (New Britain, CT)

  1. Phenom People (Ambler, PA)

  1. ADP (Roseland, NJ)

  1. Salesforce (San Francisco, CA)

Though we don’t have the data on how often those companies allow their employees to work remotely, studies show that is one perk that does make people happier—and more productive.

[h/t Comparably]

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Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Breath? There Are a Few Theories

Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
Hands are built-in tools for detecting bad breath.
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The fact that we rarely catch a whiff of our own breath seems fishy. For one, our noses are only a philtrum’s length away from our mouths. We also don’t have any trouble inhaling other people’s stale carbon dioxide, even with a solid few feet between us.

Though we don’t yet have a decisive scientific explanation for this olfactory phenomenon, there’s no shortage of promising theories. According to BreathMD, it could be that we became so accustomed to smelling our own breath that we simply don’t notice its odor anymore—similar to the way we can’t detect our own "house smell." This kind of habituation doesn’t just inure us to unpleasant aromas, it also leaves our noses free to focus on unfamiliar odors in our environment that could alert us to danger.

As HowStuffWorks reports, another hypothesis suggests that we’re more conscious of other people’s halitosis because breath released when speaking is different than breath released when exhaling regularly. All the tongue movement that happens when someone talks could push odors from the back of their mouth out into the air.

But if that’s true, it seems like you’d be able to smell your own breath—at least when you’re the one doing the talking. Which brings us to the next and final theory: That your bad breath dissipates before you get a chance to inhale it. When someone else exhales, you’re inhaling their air almost simultaneously. When you exhale, on the other hand, you have to wait until you’ve reached the very end of your expiration before breathing back in again. By that time, the malodorous particles may have already dispersed.

Even if you’re blissfully unaware of how your own breath smells, it could be a little nose-wrinkling for others—here are some tips for getting rid of halitosis.