Career Wellness: Is Your Job Helping Your Well-Being?

Do you like what you do each day?

Career well-being is one of the most important elements of the five pillars; but, according to Gallup polls, only 7 percent of us can answer “yes” to that question. For Millennials, it’s even worse at 5 percent. Are you really surprised? How many people do you know who love their job?

It’s kind of a sad statistic when you think of the time you spend and the impact career has on your overall well-being. Everyone needs to have something to look forward to each day. If you are a reluctant 9-to-5er, but feel your true purpose is in providing a safe and happy home for your family, you can still feel fulfilled and at peace because you are tending to your personal values. Your job makes possible something that is important to you.

Is there something in the job that spoke to you when you took it? Has the job changed or have you forgotten why you wanted it in the first place? Try to reconnect with what you were excited about originally. Or, can you explore ways to align your job more with your personal interests?

Remember to also look for fulfillment in your personal life. We’ve all heard the saying, "if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life!” but unfortunately, that may not happen for everyone. That’s why it is so important to find our passions and purpose inside and outside the job you do to pay the bills.

Work for a cause

Not for applause.

Live life to express

Not to impress

Lori Deschane, author

Do you have something you are truly passionate about, and wish that you could get paid to do it? Let us know about it in the comments below!

Source: Rath, Tom, and Jim Harter, Ph.D. "The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing." Gallup Business Journal (2010): n. pag. Gallup. Web. 5 June 2017.

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