How to find happiness in your career? We all want to be happy in our careers. But happiness is a personal journey, and the path to career contentment looks different for everyone. It’s important to figure out what makes you happy at work and then cultivate those strengths so you can use them to navigate your professional life.
Luckily, there are some tried-and-true ways of finding joy in every job, from big ones like finding an employer that aligns with your values and personality, all the way down to small details like making sure your desk looks nice or being mindful about how much time you spend on social media at work.
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In this post, we’ll explore what these little tweaks can do for your happiness level at work and how they might help boost productivity too.
Make sure you have a job you love.
You deserve to be happy in your career, and if you don’t love the one you’re in, it’s time to make a change. Your happiness will affect how well you work, which will make a difference in your success.
The most successful people are those who love what they do. They were able to find their passion and pursue it no matter what career opportunities were presented to them by others. If this sounds like something that would interest you but right now isn’t possible with the career path or job that is available for someone with your skillset, then take steps now so that when an opportunity does arise down the road it’s something that takes advantage of all of your talents instead of just one of them (or worse yet none).
Make sure your workplace style fits with your personality.
After you’ve come up with an action plan, you can start to focus on finding the right position. The first thing to do is figure out what kind of work environment will make you happiest. This means knowing yourself and understanding what makes you tick. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What is my personality type?
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- Do I have a clear idea of how I communicate best with others (both verbally and nonverbally)?
- How does my communication style mesh with the company culture at this workplace?
- What motivates me (money, career advancement, a specific project or assignment)?
- Does this job align with my goals for myself long-term (e.g., having more autonomy or doing meaningful work)?
Pursue professional development.
Professional development is one of the most important aspects of a job search. It can help you learn new skills, gain certifications, and get promoted.
Professional development comes in many forms: you can take classes at local colleges or universities, take on-the-job training programs within your company, and even participate in community outreach projects that will give you valuable skills for your future career endeavors.
Depending on the type of professional growth opportunity you choose, it may be necessary for you to spend time outside of work hours doing this coursework, but don’t worry. Many companies offer tuition reimbursements if they can see how these courses are directly related to their goals as an employer (and they often aren’t hard to justify).
Learn how to thrive in chaos.
I’m not talking about the kind of chaos that can be avoided. There will always be interruptions, unexpected events, deadlines, and problems in our lives. The question is how we handle it when these things happen.
- When you’re asked to take on a project at work or an extra task at home, even if you don’t have time for it, here are some strategies for handling these situations:
- Consider your options and make decisions based on what needs to get done rather than what feels good or fun for you right now (remember “someday/maybe” items? You might need to put some of those aside).
- If the task requires additional resources (like time), ask yourself whether the reward is worth it: Will I feel more fulfilled after this is done? Is there something else I could do with the spare time that would give me more satisfaction? What skills will I learn from doing this project? If someone else has volunteered for this project, what does that say about them? Are they willing to do something difficult because they want recognition or because they care about helping others? How can we work together so everyone benefits from their efforts?
Be a good listener.
Another way to make your work relationships happier is to be a good listener. It’s important for you to pay attention and understand another person’s perspective so that you can come up with solutions together. In other words, listening helps build trust.
You may think this is something everyone does naturally, but it’s not. Many people are so busy thinking about what they’re going to say next that they don’t really hear what the other person has said. A good listener knows how important it is (and how much easier) it is to solve problems when everyone involved understands each other’s points of view and feelings.
Being a good listener isn’t just useful at work; it’s also key in any relationship, whether romantic or platonic, professional or personal because people who listen more tend to feel more connected with others overall.
And being able to listen effectively can be learned through practice: just like any other skill (like writing or playing basketball), the more you do it (the more often you practice), the better you’ll get at doing it over time–especially if someone gives direct feedback on what was done well versus what wasn’t effective enough yet.”
Learn how to be positive when things go wrong.
The key to happiness is to look for the good in everything. Even when things go wrong, there’s always something positive you can take away from the experience. When something goes well, be sure to savor those moments and allow yourself to feel proud of what you’ve accomplished.
When things don’t go according to plan, learn how not to get derailed by negative thoughts. Don’t let them take over your mind and prevent you from seeing any good in your situation or anything positive that could come out of it. Remember that everyone makes mistakes sometimes, you are not alone. Focus on how you can use this as an opportunity for growth instead of dwelling on all how it went wrong.
Don’t let negativity distract you from seeing the bigger picture: sometimes bad experiences lead us down paths we never would have otherwise taken if we hadn’t tried them out first-hand (and survived).
Compete with yourself, not others.
When you’re in the midst of a career crisis, it’s tempting to compare yourself to others. It’s natural for us humans to do so: We all want what we don’t have and so we instinctively look at what other people have and think, “I want that.” The problem is that focusing on other people distracts us from our own goals.
Instead of comparing yourself with others, focus on your own goals. When I was young and scared of moving across the country by myself, I realized that what would determine whether my move was successful was not how well my friends were doing but how well I performed during my time in California. Focusing on my progress helped me get through some difficult times as an adult as well, whether it was making friends or finding work after college graduation.
Know what your strengths are, and use them at work.
One of the best ways to find happiness in your career is to use your strengths. If you know what your strengths are, then it makes it easier for you to find a job that fits well with your personality and skills.
People often want their careers to be like school, but they’re not. In school, we all had different teachers who gave us different assignments based on our styles. But in the working world, there’s no such thing as “different teachers” or “individual learning styles.” Instead, we have one boss who gives us all the same assignments regardless of how we learn best or what topics interest us most. That’s why identifying (and using) our strengths is so important.
You can find happiness in any job if you have the right mindset and demonstrate great work ethics
The first step to finding happiness in any job is to stop complaining and get over yourself. You can be unhappy in any job if you let that negativity consume you, but it’s not going to do anything for your career or your life.
The second step is to change jobs if necessary. Don’t stay at a job because it has good benefits or pays well; stay at a job because every day on the way home from work, all of your coworkers say “Hey. Good morning.” as they walk into their offices and give each other high fives (or other hand gestures).
The third step is asking for help when needed and being willing to take risks when necessary. This doesn’t mean exposing yourself by saying things like “I have no idea what I’m doing here” when working with a client or boss (unless they’re asking).
Finally, there’s no magic formula for finding happiness in your job. But by following the advice above, you can make sure that your career is one of the best parts of your life. And when you find yourself with a bad boss or annoying coworkers, remember this: it doesn’t have to ruin your day.