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How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love

Many people take the impact their work has on their life for granted.

Have you ever known someone who simply hated their job? How did this impact the rest of their life?

Our job can have a crossover effect into our life outside of work. The emotional impact our job has will ultimately affect our relationships, our health, and our overall well-being and happiness.

Whether we are passionate about what we do or are simply going through the motions and looking forward to the end of each day, our work effects many areas of our life for better or worse.

We spend immense amount of our waking time working and engaging in our vocation. In today’s work climate people are expected to do more work in less time. People may hold multiple jobs and work at unusual hours. Also, people are working longer into old age and retiring later.

We owe it to ourselves to find work that is pleasant, challenging, and meaningful.

Do you find fulfillment from your work? Can you become absorbed and fully engaged in what you do?

Okay, we probably aren’t going to love everything about our work, but we can certainly find work that offers us more passion, enthusiasm, and fulfillment.

Consider the 3 P’s: passion, purpose, and payment.

In order to fully engage in our work we must first and foremost be passionate about it. Your passions are probably something that energize you and that you find yourself focused on often. A simple way to uncover your passions is to consider what magazines you love to read or what interests, hobbies, and activities you have always enjoyed.

Purpose comes from having something to contribute and offer others. It is about serving others and extending our support to improve peoples’ lives. What do you want to leave behind as your legacy? The importance of purposeful work can be seen when people leave high paying, prestigious positions to take on more meaningful and fulfilling work despite the pay cut.

Lastly, payment relates to the idea that a viable job must be able to provide financial stability and independence. If we can’t pay our bills or are always struggling financially, we may want to consider another career option. If we aren’t making any money with what we’re doing it’s just a hobby.

Don’t believe that finding work you love isn’t feasible. Even if you can’t change your job due to financial obligations, or because you have insufficient education and experience, this doesn’t mean you can’t learn to engage more fully in your work.

Consider these ideas to make work more pleasing and meaningful.

What was initially attractive and exciting about your job when you first began?

What was it that drew you to the work you have today? Is it your perspective about the work that has changed, or if it’s more about your interests and values changing.

Begin incorporating your strengths into your job

When are you at your best on your job? What tasks can you gain a sense of accomplishment and pride from? Find some way to utilize your strengths on your job and incorporate these as often as you can.

Become fully engaged in your work

What tasks or duties do you actually find some enjoyment and fulfillment from? Are there times when you lose track of time and are totally absorbed with what you’re doing? Explore ways to be challenged in your work and experience flow.

No matter what your role is in an organization, or what industry you work in, we must begin to find ways to experience greater work satisfaction.

As much as we like to believe it’s easy to leave displeasing work experiences behind us at the end of the day, it’s tough to separate our job from our personal life.

We are no longer dealing with a work-life balance, but more of a work-life blend, so take strides to find work that will leave you healthy and happy in your life as a whole.

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How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2011). How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 15, 2020, from


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