Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Does Your Job Make You Happy

I had an interesting conversation with a young woman (25yo) the other day. She said she was looking for a new job because she wasn’t happy at her current one. Being the “you only live once” person I am, I encouraged her in her efforts.

Then she asked me, “Shannon, are you happy at your job?”

While it was a yes or no question, my answer was far from short and sweet:

You’re asking a loaded question. I have this conversation with my BFFs every so often; does happiness come from within—self-confidence and contentment—or from external stimulation? If as you assert, it comes from outside factors, then the answer is no, my job does not make me happy. To carry out this train of thought, I don’t look for my job to make me happy. I work so I can have the resources to do the things that make me happy. 

I enjoy my job; I like the people, our clients and learning new things. I like pushing myself to do more and be better. It can be challenging at times. There are times when my co-workers are co-irkers and there are times when clients forget we’re on their side. It’s all good though because it keeps me on my toes. I may have plans for my day and some days I get to work those plans and other days, my plans are out the window like last night’s news. Did I answer your question?

And this was only part of the long answer I gave her. She nodded as if in agreement as I spoke; however, in retrospect, she was probably thinking about dinner.

What about you, does your job make you happy?

1 comment:

Adrienne said...

First of all, I love when you pop up in my reader.
Secondly, I am finally at a job where I look forward to going to work. It took 45 years to find that job, but there it is.
Lastly, miss you.

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