The Early Struggle And Eventual Happiness

The early struggle is crucial to shape us and help us identify what makes us happy.

The problem is that everyone’s happiness is defined by them only, and one has to go through the rite of passage to reach their level of happiness and freedom.

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Our Work Happiness

A dream job is a goal that many want to attain, and is part of our pursuit of happiness. Happiness, in this case, is not the pleasure-seeking kind, but that which comes from meaning, purpose and good relations.

One has to understand, identify and implement the strategies that boost our happiness while working, thereby increasing our productivity and job satisfaction.

Creative work fits the definition of a ‘dream job’ to the hilt, as many people dream of doing stuff they love, like making great paintings, sculpting, writing scripts, and then getting paid for it too.

The problem is that society does not educate or finding purpose and meaning using our creative energy, and one has to find it on their own.

  • For employers, happy workers translate into more profit.
  • People are happy when they are in control of their work.
  • Work from home makes them happier even if they end up doing more work than they would at the office, as it is hard to switch off.
  • People who have more control on their work-life, would have the ability to make it less stressful, but it may or may not lead to real happiness.
  • As people work more, they end up damaging their work-life balance, even if they have a choice.

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Romanticising your dream job

Landing your dream job can come with downsides, especially if your passions involve jobs with routine day-to-day tasks that you are less passionate about.

For example, you may expect to create fascinating algorithms in artificial intelligence jobs that will solve big problems but end up doing routine data collection and cleaning tasks.

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Portfolio career

Multiple income streams can add up to be equal or more than a full-time salary.

Your career does not have to be a linear journey to be successful, nor do you have to be confined to just one type of work.

Steps To Happiness At Work
  • Avoid "good" and "bad" labels. 
  • Practice "extreme resilience": the ability to recover fast from adversity.
  • Let go of grudges.
  • Don't waste time being jealous.
  • Find passion in you, not in your job.
  • Picture yourself 10 years ago and 10 years from now. Most problems that kept you awake ten years ago have disappeared. 
  • Invest in the process, not the outcome.
  • Swap multitasking for mindfulness.
  • Think about other people.

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