By: Rebecca Parker
“Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
When it comes to work, is it possible to have a job that makes you truly happy? After recently watching Happy, a documentary directed by Roko Belic, I started to consider how we define happiness in our everyday life, especially given that much of our time is spent working. While the documentary didn’t leave me a magical checklist, it did make me more aware of the factors that contribute to happiness and the power we have to shift our focus to encourage those conditions. Regardless of job status, having insight into personal well-being provides a clearer perspective on the high and lows that we experience throughout the course of a career.
As a recent jobseeker, I am familiar with the emotional rollercoaster ride of the job seeking process. On any given day of the job search, I could be enthusiastic about finding a great position, frustrated in never hearing back from an application, or nervous about trying to impress a future employer. After several months, I realized that it wasn’t the applying for or rejection from potential positions that was taking its toll, but the realization that work had become an important aspect of my personal well-being. I was linking my self-value to my paycheck, or lack thereof. My assessment of the situation was undervaluing all of the success that I was achieving in other aspects of my life....Click here to read more.