how to love what you do, whatever it is

Updated: Jan 4

If you’re not loving your current occupation, the solution may not be a career change. It could actually be a lot simpler than that! Did you know that there are certain practices and exercises you can do that will help you fall in love with your job?

Here at the karuna school of happiness, we believe that no matter what life circumstances you may be facing, there are tools you can use to overcome them with resilience, purpose, and determination…so what are they?

Read on to learn about our top three tips for loving your job, no matter what kind of a rut you may be stuck in.

1. practice presence

Making sure that you are - and stay - present throughout your workday is one of the key elements to enjoying your work. If you’re mentally absent, it’s impossible to become immersed in your work and achieve a state of flow: the complete immersion in the activity at hand, to the point that you lose all sense of time, and each movement, action, and thought follows seamlessly from the previous one. To encourage yourself to stay fully present throughout the day, try putting away your phone and reducing the number of distractions around you whenever possible.

Falling into a flow state can be incredibly helpful because when you’re deeply immersed in whatever work you may be doing, all sense of time ceases to exist. This can be great for passing the workday, but it’s even better for letting yourself become genuinely engaged in the work that you’re doing. Once you start to feel more personally invested in your work, you will develop a sense of pride that can help you stay motivated and excited about your job!

2. cultivate gratitude

Practicing gratitude doesn’t just improve your outlook on your day - when done over the long term, it can change your entire outlook on life! One of our favorite gratitude exercises at the karuna school of happiness is called Three Good Things. Developed by Martin Seligman and colleagues in 2005, this is one of the most popular positive psychology practices out there because it can make a big difference in your life.

This exercise is meant to be done at the end of your day, every day. Start by writing down three things that went well for you throughout the day, and then reflect on why this thing occurred. When this activity is done over time, it can work wonders!

In Seligman’s original 2005 study, it was found that writing down three good things every day for one week significantly improved the participant’s levels of wellbeing, and even decreased their symptoms of depression. What’s more, for the participants that continued this activity beyond that one week, the study found that it increased their happiness and decreased depression for the entire six-month follow-up period.

If you decide to do this activity, here’s an important note - don’t feel pressured to write three good things that happened to you every day, especially after that initial one-week period. Other studies have shown that doing a positive activity too often over the course of a week may make the activity more burdensome than helpful, so don’t force it. Writing down three good things once a week can be just as beneficial as writing them down every day.

3. prioritize your values

Taking some time to intentionally establish what your values are and prioritize which ones are most important to you can really help you live a life that truly reflects them. To start, take some time to truly ponder this question - what is most important to you in your life?

Try writing down a list of every value you find important in life. Now, try prioritizing the ones that mean the most to you by picking your top ten, and then ranking them in order of importance. Ask yourself, which value is most impossible to live without? If you’re struggling to rank your values, try comparing each of your top ten values to each other, one at a time. Remember to ask yourself that question each time you compare values.

Once you have your top ten, narrow it down even further to your top five. Establishing and prioritizing your top values makes it much easier to intentionally dedicate your time and energy towards what you value most. Aligning your actions with your top values - both within and outside the workplace - can be a key element in finding your life’s purpose and keeping your motivation sky-high.

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