A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends – who is a full-time recruiter – was telling me that studies show that people are happiest when they’re working, especially when it’s something they care about.
I definitely agree with this idea. Call me a nerd, but I often feel extremely happy while working towards something and after I’ve accomplished that task, project, or goal. And when you look around and see almost everyone working towards something – a goal or self-improvement or creating something – it starts to makes sense that various types of “work” are what makes us happiest.
For me, a great example of work creating happiness is Blonde & Balanced. I love B&B dearly. It brings me a lot of happiness, but it’s definitely work. However, if I could, I would probably spend 80 hours a week blogging, writing, social media-ing (is that a word yet?), and connecting with others. Blogging is work and it’s work that makes me extremely happy – a close second behind family and friends.
I think the theory even holds true for chores like cleaning. Although G and I procrastinate on cleaning days, once we get started, we are seriously in it to win it. You can’t even break us from our cleaning zone once we’ve started. And after we’re done, we marvel for days about our clean house and how happy it makes us.
If the work/happiness concept is true, it’s no wonder we’re all striving to find our perfect job, the perfect work balance – because we’re happiest when we’re working hard at something we love. I know I am.
And, by the way, if you’re wondering about the study, I actually looked it up. A psychology professor named Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (say that three times fast) has spent a lot of time studying the topic. He claims that people are happiness when they’re in a state of “flow” and working is something that provides that “flow”. Interesting, huh?
Do you think work brings happiness? Does your work (full-time, part-time, hobby, etc.) bring you happiness?
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