[By Schintelle Harte]

If someone were to ask ‘what makes you happy’, what would your answer be? Family? Friends? Money?

What about your job?

Sadly, not many people can say they love or even enjoy their jobs, and their misery is reinforced by the abundance of witty yet painfully accurate memes about the daily routine of working.

This past May, Global released findings from a poll conducted by Ipsos Reid in April/May 2016 with a sample of 1,001 Canadians from their online panel. The data revealed that, among other things, “a strong 45 per cent said getting a new job or career would help their personal well-being.” In Alberta and Ontario, “half of the province’s residents agreed they would be happier with a job change.” Having a job and going to work shouldn’t feel like a chore, yet for many people it does.

A millennial survey, which included 7,800 respondents across 29 countries conducted by Deloitte last year found that ultimately, “nearly two thirds (61%) of millennials credited “purpose” as the reason for why they work at their current jobs.” The survey also found that 50 per cent would sacrifice a pay cut if it meant finding a job that matches their values, and a majority (90%) said they wanted to use their skills to do good. This clearly shows money is not always the motivation behind a job or career path, nor should it be.

What can you do?

I once had a professor who said, “if you forget everything you’ve learned this year, I want you all to remember this one thing: Don’t get a job where you work for eight hours, go home and come back the next day to repeat the process. Find a career that you love. Seek interesting work that changes, challenges and engages you daily.”

Years later, I still cherish those words.

So again, what makes you happy? Are you sacrificing your sanity, well-being or joy for a cheque? I get that we all need a means to survive, but I also believe that at the end of the day, what we do matters, and how we do it matters. To quote the famous Thomas A. Edison, “what you are will show in what you do.”

Don’t sell yourself short by waiting for the weekend to enjoy life. It’s miserable, and quite honestly, never-ending.

(Photo by zzkt via flickr)

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