The Simple Way To Find Happiness At Work

Did you know that the average American is working nearly fifty hour weeks? It seems every year, the average American work week drifts further and further away from long-held standard of the forty hours. Nowadays, many people see conventional jobs as fluorescently lit prisons, and longer work weeks certainly contribute to these sentiments. Many people hope to work in careers that provide fulfillment that isn’t just monetary, but they rarely ever have a clear idea of what would make them happy.

Finding happiness in your line of work is all about determining what really matters to you. When we are at different stages in life, we have unique ideas and perspectives. In our early 20s, we’re pursuing our college majors, and looking forward to landing the perfect job with great potential benefits. At around age 40, some people are looking at getting their PhDs, beginning a family, or even traveling the world. By the time, the general population is sixty, most of us want to be in a position to retire and spend time with our grandchildren. As a result, job satisfaction tends to resemble a U shape in relation to age and satisfaction. Earlier on in life, people are grateful to just land a job with earning potential. Overtime, they are less satisfied as responsibilities and expenses build up. Towards one’s late fifties, they become more satisfied, as they’ve hopefully reached a point where they can work less and have money saved up.

So what contributes to satisfaction for work? For most people, it’s a combination of having a life outside of work, and having money. If you look at where people are the most satisfied with their work life, it’s either when they are young enough to have a life outside of work, or old enough to have already accumulated a good amount of money, and can afford to work a lot less. If you find yourself unsatisfied with your current work/life balance, finding a job that allows you to have a life outside of work and a good amount of money can help improve your happiness.