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Here’s the Most Likely Way You’ll become Unhappy with Your Job

May 7, 2012

What if there’s a job out there that pays more? What if there’s a job out there that’ll make you more happy?

According to Dan Gilbert, in his book Stumbling upon Happiness, the freedom to change your mind is the enemy of happiness. In other words, if you’re given a new job with all of the perks you think would make you happy, you’ll only enjoy it if your decision to take the new job is irreversible. However, if you’re allowed to “try the job” with the option of returning to your old job anytime, you’re less likely to be happy. Why? Because the freedom to change your mind is the enemy of happiness. Gilbert calls this, “the unanticipated joy of totally being stuck.”

The Grass Is Greener

As the world has become more connected, you have unprecedented freedom to consider more jobs options. Yet, I would guess overall job satisfaction is lower.

The quickest way to become unhappy with your job is to continually search for another one. Even if you’re not in your “dream job”, you’ll likely enjoy it more if you choose to be committed to it. But when you constantly pursue something “better”, you’re on a fast track to unhappiness.

Wherever God has placed you, be fully present.

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