In our busy daily lives it’s easy to miss the forrest for the trees and completely overlook some of the more obvious activities that can disproportionally affect our happiness levels. Luckily, we can go off more than just our intuition; there are lots of proven strategies that aim to create the right behavior that leads to a happier life.
One way to do this is to find meaning in your work.
Last week I spoke to a hospitality worker at a major shopping centre and I asked her ‘do you like your job?’ To my surprise, she smiled from ear to ear and said ‘I can’t believe how much I love my job! I get to make hundreds of customers happy every day and feed my two beautiful children at the same time.’ Talk about an empowering perspective!
A job is only just a job if you chose to see it as a job. But there’s so much more to it. All work is a chance to be of service. All work is a chance to express your gifts and talents. All work is a chance to be helpful to other people. All work is a chance to change the world.
It’s up to you to find meaning in your work, whether you’re a house keeper, whether you’re a police officer, whether you’re a teacher, whether you’re an astronaut, or an entrepreneur. You must find meaning in your work so that every day you feel like you’re on a purposeful mission.
So today I challenge you:
Love what you do, until you can do what you love. Love where you are, until you can be where you love. Love the people you are with, until you can be with the people you love most.
This is the way we find happiness.
If you want to see a powerful example of a man who has transformed adversity into an opportunity to contribute for the greater good, check out this story of Matt Hirst – a Brisbane-based opera singer battling brain cancer, and he is recording a CD to raise funds for Cure for Brain Cancer.