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Although money doesn’t technically buy happiness, keeping busy does, and we strongly believe being happy to go to work everyday is one of the key factors to bringing your mood up on a day-to-day basis. You might have noticed our focus on workplace balance this month with our previous article on how to become  the best manager you can be, but we always feel like the beginning of the year is the ideal time to rethink about the ways you can improve your life. Here are some thoughts on the reasons why loving your job is so important, and why it might be time to move on.

Celebrate your worth

While being humble about your work is a great asset, there’s also nothing wrong with feeling good and proud about your accomplishments at work, especially if you are a hard worker. So if your job is not giving you the opportunities to achieve great projects to be proud of, then this particular job is definitely not the right one for you.

Studies show that younger generations don’t tend to define themselves by their jobs the same way our parents or grandparents have, but staying at a job which is not the right one for you can still lower your confidence and self-worth. If you think about it, we spend a lot of our time at our workplace, and not using your skills, brain and passion on a regular basis will deeply affect your professional abilities. The sooner you find a job where you can celebrate your worth and feel useful, the better your life will be, we promise!

Think about your passion

There’s a higher risk that if you’re unhappy at work and doing the bare minimum to get on with your day-to-day duties, you will lose your passion for anything you used to love in life. Employers want all of their employees’ capabilities to be optimised, but if they have to wait around for employers to take charge on specific projects and show signs of initiative, there’s a possibility that important tasks will never be attributed to you.

Did you ever fantasise about nailing your dream job at an interview? Or did you ever try and give yourself an ultimate life target which may sound unrealistic yet amazing in your head? Although we can’t promise that everyone’s dream job is indeed achievable, we do believe that if you’re always on the look out for ways to get a step closer to fulfilling that dream job, you’ll enjoy your days much more and keep your passion going. If you hate your job, there’s a possibility that you’re not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, so to make sure you keep that passion burning, start looking for another job which makes you feel good, and where you’ll possibly enjoy yourself much more and even end up making your biggest dreams come true!

Listen to your body

Hating your job can have major consequences on your health, according to Forbes. First of all, you can gain weight by eating your feelings which can have very dangerous impact on your health such as increasing risks for heart diseases, diabetes and other weight-related illnesses. Being unhappy in your workplace can also lower your immune system by making you more prone to common or minor illnesses such as a cold or a headache, which can later lead to much more serious conditions. And finally, stress can end up affecting your mental health by adding extra pressure on your overall well-being.

One Forbes study even suggests that being unemployed can be better for your mental health than having a bad job. Just remember that we spend about 40 hours or more a week at our work place, which is a very long time to be stuck in an unpleasant situation. There are a few ways how your mental health is affected by being unhappy in your workplace, such as staying in this negative sphere, coming back home in a bad mood, sleep problems, depression, and so on.

Do you feel like you can relate to a few of the points we mentioned above? If you do, make sure you talk to your loved ones about your situation and try to figure out what you can fix to make your day-to-day life much happier, and smoother.

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