Happy Work, Happy Life

By Julia Price

July 14, 2015 4 min read

If happiness is, in fact, a choice, then choosing a career is one of the most meaningful choices of your life -- right up there with choosing a life partner, whether or not to have children, and where to live. This is especially true considering you'll spend most of your daytime hours working. So rather than living for the weekends, why not find the career path that makes you jump out of bed for joy every morning?

Now, not all jobs are created equal on the happiness scale. In fact, some are downright miserable. Before you jump into a position only because it offers great pay or perks, make sure you can really see yourself enjoying it on a day-to-day basis. Here are some of the jobs that create the happiest employees around.

According to Forbes, the No. 1 happiest job is school principal. In their two years of research conducted to find the happiest careers of 2015, they factored in the following:

--The person one works for.

--The people one works with.

--The support one receives.

--The rewards one receives.

--The growth opportunities available.

--The company culture.

--The way one works and handles daily tasks.

Source: www.forbes.com

Apparently, the rewards of the No. 1 job massively outweigh any stressors that come from the multitasking that goes into managing the many different personalities of students, teachers and board members. Principals said that most of the joy from their jobs comes from knowing they played a large part in the growth of the students and watching that growth along the way.

USA Today says that the second happiest job belongs to executive chefs. Most executive chefs worked very hard to climb their way up the ladder, as it's an extremely competitive field, and now find great joy in supervising a team that helps them produce the food they're most passionate about serving. They're surrounded by people (it's a very social environment) and get to tap into both their creative and managerial sides.

Some of the other happiest jobs include (according to Forbes):

1. Loan officer

2. Automation engineer

3. Research assistant

4. Oracle database administrator

5. Website developer

6. Business development executive

7. Senior software engineer

8. Systems developer

There's also an increasing shift toward entrepreneurship, where these self-starters work tirelessly -- some failing, some succeeding -- but ultimately find great joy in the process of building their dream and learning great lessons along the way.

On the other end of the spectrum, Forbes mentions some of the unhappiest jobs of 2015, with security guards being the unhappiest on the list. With little room for promotion or growth, hours spent monitoring others, and lots of downtime, this career choice can feel stagnant and bland.

Overall, no matter which career you decide to embark on, your overall attitude will determine your level of happiness. Your attitude can be greatly influenced by your environment, your setting and the people you work with, so go for a situation that enhances the happiest version of yourself.

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