Work is an important part of our lives. Even though going on holiday seems a lot nicer, working turns out to be very important to feeling happy. The type of work also influences this, of course, as does your manager, colleagues and job responsibilities. It is important that you are happy with your job and if this is not the case, choose yourself and look for your dream job!
Working… I’d rather not work, right?!
If you ask people whether they would rather have a day off or go to work, you will usually hear: ‘Of course I would rather have a day off!’ People often look forward to holidays for weeks and the first working day after a holiday is usually a bit of a tough one. So well, who actually wants work? Isn’t it much more fun to win a million and then spend your whole life on holiday and lazing around? Yet this turns out to be a wrong idea. Research has shown that these lucky people without work, but with a lot of money, often feel miserable and have problematic lives. Often with drug and alcohol addiction and broken relationships. Those who do some form of volunteer work fare best. So working is actually a blessing, even though it may seem otherwise when your alarm goes off way too early at the start of a busy working day. Work is a source of self-esteem and gives you a feeling of satisfaction. It gives you direction in your life and keeps your body and mind busy.
A suitable job
Even though work appears to be important for feeling happy, it is also of great influence what kind of work you do. If the work is boring or you have an annoying colleague, this will of course affect your well-being. Fortunately, there is always an option to look for another job in such a case. It is logical that you are dreading this, especially if financial security is very important to you or if the lack of an appropriate education seems like an impassable obstacle. Still, you have to keep in mind that you will be working for about 14 full years of your life. This means that it is very important to look for a suitable job, even if it takes some time.
When are you not in a good place?
There are several signs that something is wrong with your work. Here are some examples:
- You long for the weekend and on Sunday evening you feel bad
- You’re bored all working day
- You walk to work every day with heavy hearts
- You report sick more often
- The day passes very slowly
Various causes can be the reason for this, for example an annoying boss or not being able to fully utilize your talents. You may also have been pushed in the wrong direction in the past and now that you are older you would like to do something completely different.
Why do you work where you work now?
Even though you may no longer like your current job, you still work there. It is important to find out the reason for this, because it will help you see what makes a job worthwhile for you. A number of reasons could be:
- A good salary
- It was the first job that came along
- There are few other jobs and it was better to stay here for so long
- I find the colleagues pleasant
- It’s close to my house and now I don’t have to wait in traffic
The things that make your job worthwhile now will also remain important in your next – more suitable – job!