It's little wonder then why Americans are so dependent on coffee, antidepressants and psychologists.
No, that is your tee-vee. Also known as a "boob tube." Don't believe everything it tells you. Also, the anti-coffee nonsense has been consistently disproved by science for decades. Coffee is good for you, and it is not strongly addictive.
The people who take a lot of anti-depressants are mostly the people whose private lives consist mostly of watching television. Without drugs, it would be an empty life. It has nothing at all to do with their work. If they work more hours, they will be happier, not the reverse.
As for psychologists, that is more of a European thing. It isn't even easy to find one here. Few people go for that nonsense. Way more common here are traditional "counselors," who simply listen, and talk to somebody in a supportive way. Working class people can't afford counseling, and often wouldn't even have time off during the right hours to schedule it! 1 session would cost 2 days wages for the working class. That is about 2 hours for a middle class professional.
I don't see how anyone can maintain a healthy work/life balance with those sorts of demands unless their working day is very short or long weekends are the norm.
Where I live all full time workers are entitled to four weeks annual leave, with some employers giving their staff a fifth week. Plus a certain number of days sick leave, but it's considered fraudulent to take those unless you're actually sick. Not unreasonable I think.
Right, you don't imagine workers who enjoy working hard. You can only imagine workers who just want to go home early, or stay home. Here we have workers for whom working hard is a moral issue; they agreed to be a laborer, and so be good at their position in life is to labor enthusiastically. You presume that to work harder or be more dedicated they must be less happy; what if they have increased sense of self, sense of place, because they are truly more dedicated to their toiling? Many of these workers keep working after they reach retirement age, and receive reduced pension payments because they're still working, but refuse to stop working even thought they're effectively throwing away half their wages; why? Because they enjoy working, they don't want to retire. They're already living the life they value, day after day.
You find it shocking that they only get a tiny bit of paid vacation, but many of them refuse to take it. What would they do, sit in a chair all week and be bored? I've seen workers forced to take a 1 week vacation hang out in the break room at work for most of the week, because that is where they want to be! With their team, their comrades, at work.
People who want a life/work balance don't work as laborers. But don't assume our laborers are their by mistake. The idea that workers would be more productive by being given a worse lot is funny; no, they're more productive because they believe in themselves, in their role in society. Extra time off is for people who don't believe in their role, and they'll never be the most productive even when they're doing a good job.
Most of the rich people also work a lot, also believe in their role, are highly productive at their hoarding activities, and take lots of "working vacations" where they don't actually take a single day off but they're working from the beach with a phone and laptop, and can take breaks to pose for photos with their families, who are actually vacationing.
Think about it; these are the people Europe drove out because they weren't willing to conform. Maybe conformists are less productive? Conformists see a dreamer staring out the window instead of looking busy, and think they're lazy. They don't see them toil all weekend building whatever they were dreaming of.