The Price of Happiness in the Workplace

This past Monday I decided to leave my current job after a few months of employment. This decision wasn’t the easiest to make and I had to look for guidance from my friends and family, which for me was a huge deal because I like figuring things out on my own. To help aide my decision I even made a pro/con list, my go to method for making decisions (a close second: flipping a coin).

My reason for quitting wasn’t complex, in fact, it was simple as an adjective: happiness.

The truth of the matter is that I wasn’t happy. When we get older, we are told to do what makes us happy. However, that mentality isn’t really embedded into our minds when we are young. There’s an unspoken list of rules young people are required to do without question. Here are some of the unspoken rules:

1. If in school, get good grades.

2. Maintain a job and a social life.

3. Manage to keep your head in check.

Happiness isn’t really on this list, which is why I let my happiness fall to the back burner without even realizing it. I was just going through the motions and I guess I was feeling a tad robotic with my consistent schedule.

Old or young, we should be doing things we love to do (or things we don’t hate as much). Happiness isn’t some fictional adjective that only exists in movies and TV shows. Happiness is something that can be acquired and that’s what I hope to achieve at wherever my next job will be. I know work is work and I may sound extremely optimistic, but I have a good feeling about my quest for happiness in the workplace.



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