Happy Secret to Better Work

It has come to my attention that a surprising amount of my talented friends, family and patients are unhappy with their chosen career (yes, at some point or another, you chose it).

What’s even more shocking is that they’re okay with that. They accept it as their reality: “I have to work this job because it provides the money I need to live the life I want to live…”

As an ND, I get to see first-hand the direct connection between job satisfaction, happiness and health. It is beyond frustrating to hear patients complain about their terrible, unfulfilling jobs as I monitor their escalating blood pressure. All I want to do is tell them to quit their job, but for a number of reasons, I can’t do that.

I went on a hunt for a way around this major barrier and thanks to my good friend Dave, I found this (it’s 12 mins long – watch it right now):

The Happiness Advantage

This video clearly depicts the irony that as a society, most of us work to live. We continually strive for something that will always be unattainable – setting ourselves up for continued disappointment.

I took notes, but instead of reiterating what he said (you watched the video, right?) I’d like to challenge those of you who are unhappy to:

1) Accept your current reality and follow Shawn Achor’s simple steps to re-wire your brain for positive psychology (do one or more of the following):

  • Pick 3 things that you are grateful for each day
  • Journal about 1 positive experience from the past 24 hours
  • Exercise – teaches you that your behaviour matters (I’ll write more about being active next week)
  • Meditate – allows the brain to focus on the task at hand
  • Perform random acts of kindness – e.g. write a positive email thanking someone

and/or 2) Follow Chris Guillebeau’s advice and recognize that you have a skill that has the potential to benefit others and make the world a better place. He has great ideas that can teach you how to turn that passion into a career that you have always dreamed of.

“If you want it badly enough, and are willing to make some changes in your life to cause it to happen, you too can take over the world… or do anything else you really want to do. Yes, you really can have it all. The only things you’ll need to give up are assumptions, expectations, and the comfort zone that holds you back from greatness.” – The Brief Guide to World Domination

Whether you love your job or hate it, don’t forget that you are in control. It is the lens in which you view the world that shapes your reality.

Get happy now – let’s see what we are capable of.

Dr. Taryn Deane, Naturopathic Physician, Vancouver

Dr. Taryn Deane is a naturopathic physician and health writer based in Vancouver, BC. She specializes in holistic dermatology, improving sex-drive and boosting self-esteem. Learn more about Dr. Deane or follow her on Twitter: @drtaryndeane