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I think most people have experienced working in a place that made you feel miserable, or at least definitely not happy. Whether it's the tasks you perform, the environment that you work in, or the culture among the colleagues - it can all contribute to giving you a negative feeling.  

I read this article about happiness at work, and according to surveys, nearly half the workforce in both the UK and the U.S. claim to be unhappy at work. Given how many hours you spend at work it really should not be a place that takes a toll on your mental health and happiness. 

Have you experienced a workplace that negatively affected your happiness? What does the ideal happy workplace look like to you, in order for it to spark joy and for you to feel happiness at work? How would you like to improve your current workplace situation? 

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I can't say that is spars joy but sometimes my job gives me positive feelings. I am working as a writer. Sometimes students have interesting essay topics and I adore learning new information and analyze it. I am convinced that I've found what I would like to do in life.

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Unfortunately my job does not. I am in search of a job that I find fulfilling as well as does some good for the community at large. 

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My job is interesting on a few levels. On my regular delivery route there are some really nice people that are friendly and I like talking too. On there other hand, there are also a few I interact with that just want to make get out of There as quick as you can. My bosses and work Mates are 60 plus men with a set view of the world, it's hard to get them to see the bigger picture, especially with matters of mental health. So it's a mix, just like most workplaces I guess, there a good days and bad days.

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I was working in a soul destroying place for 3 years - the kind of job that was pretty secure, pretty supportive  (I guess), but desperately dull and pointless.

Hey! But it was a regular income - I used to justify it this way.

I also write music and occasionally get paid for doing so - it's always been a bonus to me. But whenever I sat down to get "all business-ey" with my music, something died, the inspiration, the joy of writing. Whatever it was, it lost its magic and I became frustrated, I lacked ideas and direction. I accepted that it's purpose was to actually to "bring up my own vibes" - just create music for the love of creating I guess. And any commissions are a bonus.

I then decided to get a grip of my life earlier this year, and eliminate as many things as possible that were making me unhappy. I quit my dull, soul destroying job and set up my own business as a tour guide. I didn't care about income, I just wanted happiness and fun. 

I absolutely love the tour guide thing. Really. It's energising, full of life and I get to show magical people around the Highlands of Scotland. It's full of aesthetic and satisfaction. I love the interaction I have with the folk I show around. The best job I think I could have. 

It's really about happiness. I've always believed that when you're truly happy, everything else falls into place. I see people focus on income, get paid loads but are miserable at their work. They seem to think that they'll be happy with a large income.

The best thing about finding a job in which I love is that because I'm happy, things are actually falling into place for me. Not that it's important  (no more important than happiness anyway) but my income is 5 times better than it was being miserable at my previous job. 

And my music? Well I find that being out in the nature compliments my writing. It gives me lots of inspiration and is a great balance for me when I get a few days off. I find also that I'm making more money from my music once again as a result. 

My point is not to brag. Honestly I focused on income for years and I was miserable for it. 

I guess I'm trying to say that if anyone has an idea of what they want to do with their life but are concerned about income, just remember that your happiness is more valuable than money ever will be. Everything falls into place when you're happy.

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Unfortunately, I feel a lot of pressure at home and that's why all the homework is a true hell for me. That's why I usually use professional assignment writing service just to have all my tasks done.I hope one day, I will live alone in my room and nobody will interrupt me and be very noisy when I try to work 

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I work as an electrical engineer for the government's research.

My job is to make unique electrical devices which perform tasks, our scientists need for their research.

 

On 9/25/2019 at 1:18 PM, Lizzie said:

Whether it's the tasks you perform, the environment that you work in, or the culture among the colleagues - it can all contribute to giving you a negative feeling.  

Of course, there are bad days, when I can't find a bug for a while, but in total it's fun.

I like that in my workplace, quality is more important than quantity. So I can take my time to make something good. The colleagues and I support each other if we can and when a project is done, I can proudly say: "I made this!".

 

1 hour ago, Easygo55 said:

And there i learned that money don't make you happy

My job is well paid, but I could get more money working for an industrial company. I chose not to, because my dad did and he barely survived a heart attack. So to me, happiness and health are more important than money too.

 

1 hour ago, Easygo55 said:

But what is your motivation in work?

Basically it's that I work on different unique projects, so it doesn't get boring and like I said before, the proud feeling, I did something awesome.

 

I'm very thankful for my job, because unfortunately, many people have to take any job they can get, to keep their head above water. And even if "doing what you like" sounds simple, you have to be lucky and you may have to work a lot on your qualification.

 

So as a conclusion, find out what you'd like to do.

Be aware of the job's downsides.
Work hard for it.
If you fail, get back up and continue. (Probably the hardest part)

And finally enjoy the job of your dreams.

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I can honestly say I don't like my job, unfortunately.

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On 11/20/2019 at 2:49 AM, Deleted profile said:

I was working in a soul destroying place for 3 years - the kind of job that was pretty secure, pretty supportive  (I guess), but desperately dull and pointless.

Hey! But it was a regular income - I used to justify it this way.

I also write music and occasionally get paid for doing so - it's always been a bonus to me. But whenever I sat down to get "all business-ey" with my music, something died, the inspiration, the joy of writing. Whatever it was, it lost its magic and I became frustrated, I lacked ideas and direction. I accepted that it's purpose was to actually to "bring up my own vibes" - just create music for the love of creating I guess. And any commissions are a bonus.

I then decided to get a grip of my life earlier this year, and eliminate as many things as possible that were making me unhappy. I quit my dull, soul destroying job and set up my own business as a tour guide. I didn't care about income, I just wanted happiness and fun. 

I absolutely love the tour guide thing. Really. It's energising, full of life and I get to show magical people around the Highlands of Scotland. It's full of aesthetic and satisfaction. I love the interaction I have with the folk I show around. The best job I think I could have. 

It's really about happiness. I've always believed that when you're truly happy, everything else falls into place. I see people focus on income, get paid loads but are miserable at their work. They seem to think that they'll be happy with a large income.

The best thing about finding a job in which I love is that because I'm happy, things are actually falling into place for me. Not that it's important  (no more important than happiness anyway) but my income is 5 times better than it was being miserable at my previous job. 

And my music? Well I find that being out in the nature compliments my writing. It gives me lots of inspiration and is a great balance for me when I get a few days off. I find also that I'm making more money from my music once again as a result. 

My point is not to brag. Honestly I focused on income for years and I was miserable for it. 

You piqued my interest. I really enjoy writing, so I believe I could write fanfiction. Writing in a comedic tone is what I do best. I have a site where I post amusing things that receive a lot of great feedback from my followers. papers of a serious nature, such as a personal statement service . Because I'm not sure that my sense of humor would be appropriate while the admissions committee is considering my application for admission to a university, I order from specialists. Fan fiction is also simple to write.

I guess I'm trying to say that if anyone has an idea of what they want to do with their life but are concerned about income, just remember that your happiness is more valuable than money ever will be. Everything falls into place when you're happy.

thanks! this is really interesting info

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