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Our research into job satisfaction. This page outlines our research into job satisfaction. It also provides support for the claims we make on our main page on how to find a job you love. We first provide evidence for the claims that: We are bad at predicting our future emotional states. The most reliable way to predict your job satisfaction is by looking at how satisfied other people in a job are. We then outline what we’ve found to be the predictors of job satisfaction, with the evidence for each. We are bad at predicting our future emotional states One example of this related to career choice is the relationship between income and life satisfaction.

One implication of this research is that we should be more sceptical of our existing prior beliefs about what will make us happy than we are in other domains. We’ve previously written about our failures to predict how we will feel here. Ask people currently doing the job how satisfied they are Predictors of job satisfaction 1. 2. 3. Does being interested in the job help? 4. 1. 2. 5 Steps to Find a Career You Actually Love (Like I Did) | Greatist.

I’ll never forget that night. My coworker and I were in the office until 11pm tracking ads when we asked each other: “Money aside, what would you do for your career?” I said I wanted to be a personal trainer, and she said she wanted to be a teacher — quite different from the media sales jobs we had! I’m sure a lot of you have asked yourselves that same question: “What do I want to do with my life — really?”. But it’s easier to ask than it is to figure out the answer. Or maybe you know the answer, but you don’t yet know how to take action. I’ve been in your shoes. So to help you on your way, I want to share with you my own experiences with discovering a career that I loved, as well as five actionable tips to help you do the same. How I Found a Career I Loved During my first five years out of college, I worked for fantastic companies — but for some reason I left every night feeling detached.

I knew what I didn’t want, but also had an overwhelming amount of thoughts about what I did want. How to find a job you'll love. Is your new years resolution to find a new job? Congratulations, you’re not alone! According to statistics, around 15% of the population switch jobs annually. At any given time, over half of the workforce are more or less actively looking for new work. This means that many, many people are facing an interesting question: How do I pick my next job? Many make the decision based mostly on salary, titles and responsibilities. Instead ask yourself this: Will your next job inspire you, energize you and allow you to do great work? In short, make sure that your next job is one that will make you happy at work. 1: Decide to switch sooner rather than later No one has ever told me “I quit Company X in June, that was a mistake. It’s highly tempting to hang around in the old workplace waiting for things to get better. 2: Give yourself time to find your new job The very first job you look at may be just the right one… or it may be the 20th. 3: Focus on what you like at work, not on what you hate.

10 Enlightening Questions to Pick a Career You’ll Truly Enjoy. Choosing a career path can be a confusing, complicated and—at worst—depressing experience. With so much pressure to follow your dreams, become a success and have all your sh*t together by age 25, it’s no surprise the phrase “career planning” can get your heart racing. But finding a career you actually like doesn’t have to be rocket science. You’re basically looking for a job that fits your interests, skills and needs. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Ask yourself these 10 questions to figure out if a career is really right for you: 1.

Does this career let me follow my passion? This is a trick question; you don’t have to follow a passion to have a great career. 2. If the answer is “yes” or even “maybe,” it’s time to reexamine your priorities. 3. A career that’s a good match will suite your work style inside and out. Be honest with yourself and choose a career that coordinates with your work style and strengths. 4. On average, you’ll spend one-third of your life with your coworkers. 5. 6. 7. How to Pick a Career You Actually Like. Happiness. Ah, happiness, that elusive state. Philosophers, theologians, psychologists, even economists, have long sought to define it, and since the 1990s, a whole branch of psychology—positive psychology—has been dedicated to pinning it down and propagating it.

More than simply positive mood, happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life—that is, with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction. Research shows that happiness is not the result of bouncing from one joy to the next; achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort. Money is important to happiness, but only to a certain point. So do individual ways of thinking and expressing feeling. 5 Questions to Discover Who You Are and What Will Make You Happy. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E.

Cummings At twenty-five I was happily married and had a great career, many friends, and lots of money. During that time, I also became deeply depressed, was put on medication for anxiety, and entered what would be a very long relationship with psychotherapy. It was a real struggle for me to understand why I wasn’t happy when I had everything that I thought was important in life. When I look back at my life, twenty years later, I realize that I really had no idea who I truly was or what made me happy.

The journey to find out who I was and what really mattered to me eventually involved divorce, the loss of my career and most of my possessions, and overcoming a serious illness. It pretty much took the loss of everything I thought defined me and made me happy to admit to myself that I honestly didn’t know myself very well at all. Who am I? The hardest part for me was just knowing where to begin. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Possible. The Epicurean Problem with YOLO: Short Term vs. Long Term Happiness. You’re 16 years old, your hormones are raging, and you’re finally making out with that hot girl from 4th period, hoping to push things to the next level.

The last thing on your mind is the possible long-term consequences of that next level. Instead of pausing to think about sexually transmitted infections or the responsibilities of parenthood, all you can focus on is what comes next. Right now is all that seems to matter. Or, the way it’s being expressed lately: YOLO – you only live once. One of the problems that always gets brought up in discussions I find myself having about happiness is that there are different types of happiness that essentially compete with one another. On the surface, this seems like a difficult dilemma: if our life is only made up of individual moments, then how could we possibly be happier in the long run by choosing to avoid those things that make us happy in a particular moment? So what’s the problem? Epicureanism is a particular form of hedonism. Why Aren’t We Good At Predicting What Will Make Us Happy? “To be, rather than to seem.” It’s easy to view happiness like it’s a quest that we’re on.

We can see it lurking around the next corner: I’ll be happy once I get that promotion, once I pay off that debt, once I have kids, once I… you fill in the blank. But there’s always a new corner to turn. This view of happiness keeps us on an endless treadmill, where we’re constantly seeking something else. Research in positive psychology suggests that perhaps it’s because we don’t actually know what makes us happy! Check out the evidence in this interesting Ted Talk from Dan Gilbert: Gilbert also authored the book Stumbling on Happiness, where he discusses the reasons for this in more detail. 1. Just like our bodies have with weight, our minds tend to have a set point for happiness. 2. We think winning the lottery will bring us life-long joy or losing our legs or arms would devastate us forever. 3. We have more options open to us than perhaps any other people in the history of the world. Finding the Right Career: Choosing or Changing Jobs and Finding Satisfaction at Work.

How to Find a Career You’ll Truly Love. You hear it all the time: in order to be successful in your career (and life), you’ve got to be passionate about what you do. However, passions won’t get you anywhere if, well, you’re not very good at them, or if you’re lacking in the kinds of supporting skills and competencies you’ll need to help you realize your dream. Here are a few more reasons why passion is crucial for career success, and some concrete steps you can take to find a job you love: Why You Should Love What You Do The people in your life will give you countless good reasons for following your passion, but the truth is, it all comes down to one thing: energy. As any harried professional knows, the demands of adult life are exhausting, and if you hate your career, you’re devoting the majority of your waking hours to something that’s draining your energy away from the things that actually give you meaning. Loving what you do means having more energy for: 1. 2. 3.

Using Your Strengths to Find a Career You Love 1. 2. 3. 4. 8 Jobs You'll Love That Pay $50,000 a Year. HOW TO FIND A JOB YOU LOVE |The School of Life. We all know what the perfect job is. It's highly-paid, well-respected, high-profile, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. We also know that isn't our job. We read the career biographies of famous musicians, actors, sports stars, charity crusaders, politicians, celebrities and all-conquering entrepreneur CEOs. We watch people fight for a dream job on The Apprentice. We see people energetically and passionately overcoming obstacles and achieving their ambitions and dreams. And yet we never seem to get to do any of this. This class is designed to help you think about what you really want from your working life and what you want to do for a living. Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. 5 Tips for Finding a Job You Love. An avid environmentalist would never be happy at a company that doesn't even recycle its printer paper. And, a very ambitious person would never want to work for a business that doesn't recognize its employees for their accomplishments. Values are extremely important to finding a job you love, because if your company's values do not match up with yours, you'll never been 100 percent happy.

If you're not sure what's important to you, figure that out first. After all, defining those is the first step to finding a company that shares your values. Experts at career Web site suggest you consider how you might rank certain intrinsic, extrinsic and lifestyle values, including some of the following: Traveling for workSaving for retirementRoom for advancementVacation timeMaking a differencePrestige or social statusCompetitionBonusesYour commuteTime for your family Do you enjoy exotic vacations? Why You Can't Find A Job You Love. Welcome to Forbes. We Have No Idea What Makes Us Happy. THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS. (DANIEL GILBERT:) When people think of "science," they naturally think of atoms, planets, robots — things they can touch and see. They know that subjective experiences such as happiness are important, but they believe that such experiences can't be studied scientifically. That belief is dead wrong. What does it take to study something scientifically?

One word: Measurement. If you can measure something, you can study it scientifically. Can we measure a person's subjective emotional experience? You bet. But just to be consistent, you should also discard your glasses or contact lenses, because optometry is another one of those sciences that is built entirely on people's reports of subjective experience. On the basis of your answers, the optometrist is able to create a lens that corrects your vision quite precisely.

People often bristle at the suggestion that human behavior is merely an attempt to attain happiness. The second argument is also wrong.