The Happiness Expectation

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Do you like what you do – does it make you happy?

This is a common question professionals get asked throughout their career. But although common, it’s a constant reminder that we should always be striving for happiness in whatever we choose to do, and if we’re not completely happy, then something must be wrong and we need to move on.

Many young professionals feel this way, especially when we’re constantly being asked if we enjoy our job by family and friends in the first few years of our career. As a result, we can feel pressure to be completely happy with the work that we do, which can create high happiness expectations for the work we pursue or are already doing.

I’ve encountered many young professionals who feel anxious if they aren’t completely happy with their career choice. As a result, they  job hop in hopes they’ll find their perfect job, which will supposedly make them happy once and for all.

But what if complete career happiness is an illusion?

Is it possible we could already be happy with our job, but still feel unfulfilled from the happiness expectation placed on us?

Most definitely.

In changing career paths frequently to satisfy the happiness expectation, you may find that there’s something about every job that isn’t perfect. This is because that’s the reality, not an indicator that a career won’t make you happy.

So what am I saying, stop striving for happiness and stay at a job that’s not ideal because it’s not going to get better no matter where you go or what you do?

Absolutely not.

When you feel pressure to be happy with what you do, it’s just important to keep in mind that no job or position is perfect and will make you 100% happy. Also, before you job hop, take a hard look at your job and ask, could I be happy and not even know it?

Happiness is not what we might expect sometimes. It can manifest gradually and even unknowingly until you finally find it by simply looking for it within your job. If you set realistic happiness expectations for yourself, then it will be easier to achieve happiness rather than always chasing it.

What are your realistic happiness expectations? 

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