Career Change: Career Happiness

I recently read a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project (2009) and I want to share with you some insights and tips from this book that I think are valuable to career changers. She considers her book to be an approach for changing your life.  Although superficially she had all the elements of a good and successful life and career, there was something missing and she identified some malaise in her life. 

She decided to dedicate one year to trying to be happier and planned to implement new resolutions every month from January to December.  I am impressed by Gretchen’s candour and courage in baring her feelings and warts and all behavior to the world as she sought more joy, satisfaction and engagement in her life.

This book is extremely well researched and pulls together a huge number of studies in related areas. Gretchen asserts that “Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness.”  This may seem a truism but it is amazing how most people don’t expect to be happy in their work. Studies have shown that people who are happy outperform those who are less happy and that “happier people make more effective leaders”.

When people are happy in their career they tend to be more cooperative, less self-centred and generally better team players which not surprisingly makes them more popular with colleagues. They are generally regarded as more assertive and confident and even more attractive! This ties in neatly with my earlier blogs on the importance of having a positive mindset.

For many people, finding the right kind of work is crucial for their happiness.  Are you one of them? Don’t despair! It’s never to late to start planning your career change and taking one step every day towards your career goals.  If you are not sure what future career would suit you, get support from the experts.  Career coaching can take you through a voyage of self discovery to finding the work you love to do. 

One of the keys to your ideal career is what you love to do in your spare time.  Gretchen had a former career as a lawyer and realized that she spent her free time writing or reading.  Eventually, she turned this passion into writing books for her living.

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