Regain the joy in your work

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.

Carlos Castaneda

Are you happy at work? The answer may depend on your attitude. The New York Post explains how to move from enduring your job to enjoying it:

• Keep your balance. Don’t devote your whole life to your job. When you’re working, do the best you can. When you’re not, do something you really like to relax and recharge.  Value both your work life and your personal time equally.

• Anticipate setbacks. Not every plan will succeed. Don’t be pessimistic, but take a realistic view of what could go wrong so you can plan to avoid problems or solve them as they come up. This will prevent you from being blindsided and paralyzed by obstacles in your path.

• Reward yourself. You’ve finished a big project? Celebrate. Even if you have to cut back on activities because of the pandemic, find ways to treat yourself. Plan a vacation for when it’s OK to travel again, or just take a day off to do something completely different.

• Expand your mind. Learn something new, whether it’s related to your job or not. Take an online course, study a new language, or just read something out of your usual selection. You’ll keep your mind agile and discover the joy in new pursuits.

• Remember: The grass isn’t always greener. You may think that any other job would be better than the one you’ve got now. That’s not necessarily true. Find out what your colleagues are dealing with. You may realize that you’ve got it pretty good right now.

• Consider why you work. Go back and think about why you chose the career path you’ve followed. Chances are you saw it as an opportunity to do some good and create value. Remember that as you work, and look for ways to incorporate your early dreams into your current situation.

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