Gratitude and Reflection- two power words that can make a powerful difference in how we approach the events in our daily lives. When I work with clients, I focus on not only transforming eating and fitness habits, but also transforming negative thoughts to more positive attitudes for greater energy and goal keeping. Positive thoughts are key to positive action! As we wind down from recognizing World Gratitude Day, my thoughts turned to something that I believe many people struggle with as something to be grateful for; their job. Showing up at a job you might not be happy in can be challenging and it can impact your health if you are not careful about managing the stress you feel from it.
In fact, when I was doing some research on this issue to write about, I was surprised to find out just how big of a problem jobs can be for people in terms of well being and happiness. "According to research by business communication software company Bolste, only 25 percent of employees report being 'extremely happy, motivated and stimulated' by their current jobs — and another quarter of them are unhappy, unmotivated or indifferent. . . Nearly half of Bolste's survey respondents indicated that they would be actively looking for jobs, and about 20 percent said they would "most likely" or "definitely" change jobs in 2016. Similar research from Staples Advantage found that burnout will motivate nearly 40 percent of employees to look for a new job." (Read the whole article here: Business News Daily)
So, what is it that makes people dislike their jobs so much?
Whether it be "job security, wages, promotion policy, vacation policy, sick leave, health plan and/or retirement plan" (according to FORBES.com), there are real issues that we are concerned about, with very real consequences in our ability to live comfortably and feel good about the work hours we are putting into the company. This issue is so prevalent in our society that it is nothing short of a National wellness crises both for seasoned and millennial professionals alike.
So, what is the answer?
I don't know that there is really just one answer, but in my personal and professional experience, I have found that implementing an attitude of gratitude can have a big impact on being able to focus on the positive aspects of what a job enables one to do, versus how it is disabling someone from being content or even happy. I had the opportunity to share these alleviating job stress tips with SharpHeels.com in my article "Feeling Disconnected From Your Job? Staying Fit & Having an Attitude of Gratitude Can Get You Back in Touch" and now, I am sharing them with you!
Hopefully, these tips can not only help you feel better about your current job situation, but will help you in the next phase of your career and beyond. Once you have read it, share it with someone else that might need a pick-me-up, leave me a comment about your thoughts on Twitter at @AngelaMartindal, celebrate today with a renewed positive attitude and start feeling how gratitude genuinely can make an impact in your life! It has made an amazing difference for me.
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