This evening, I opened my fortune cookie to find the following message:
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
This is one of the most adorable fortunes I’ve ever read! It’s one of the fortunes that everyone should actually listen to. Personally, I find that optimism is extremely crucial to a happy life. Hence, I decided to write some advice about how we can dance in the rain instead of hiding in our rooms watching Netflix and sipping hot cocoa.
Love Your Job (Even if It Seems Unloveable)
This is really something I feel passionate about; make sure you love your job! When selecting a place of employment, it’s important to consider the following:
- The Environment. Ask for a tour of the workplace. Observe the employees. If they look stressed, guess what? That’s what you’ll be like if you work there. If they look bored, guess what? You get the picture. Try to look for a company with employees who seem excited about their jobs and the company’s culture. Ask them what their favorite company traditions are. You spend most of your day at work, so make sure it’s somewhere you want to be!
- The Job Description. Are the tasks you’ll be responsible for tasks that you’ll be comfortable with? It’s important to learn new things and step out of your comfort zone once in a while, but ensure that you’ll be okay with completing the activities every day. Your job should be something you’re knowledgeable about, yet something challenging that keeps your brain alert. If you’re bored at your job,
ayou’re doing something wrong.
- The Location & Hours. It’s important to consider how much time you’ll dedicate to your job, including transportation time. If you are unhappy with a long commute to work, do something that combines traveling with leisure! Whether it be jamming out to the radio tunes, listening to an audio book, chatting with a family member or friend on the phone, or even listening to an audio of that show you forgot to watch last night, there is always something you can do to make your journey entertaining, especially if you can do something during the trip you’d do at home anyway!
If you’ve been employed for a while and you’re unhappy with something about your job, change it! It’s probable that many of the other employees share many of your concerns. Maybe you can work together to find a creative solution! If you’re unhappy with your job description, though, you might want to take the following advice…
Balance Your Life
No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there could always be a difficult day at work. It’s important to note that not everyone will enjoy working. If optimism just isn’t working out for you (or even if it is working out), consider the importance of an overall happy life. If your job is boring, be sure to fill your spare time with things you love to do. If you hate your coworkers, spend your time with people you love. If you’re upset with the amount of sedentary time you spend at work, go for a morning run. Take a walk during your lunch break. Work out after work. If your job brings a lot of stress, find a way to relax after work and during break hours. Try some yoga, go stargazing, listen to some classical music. Target the part you don’t like about your day, and be sure to seek out the antidote to it to improve the overall quality of your life.
Have Patience & Humility
Not everything in life comes easily. Difficult coworker? Be kind and patient, and the coworker will change over time and always appreciate your tolerance. Annoying project? Keep your eye on the prize: once you finish the project, you’ll do something that’s way more interesting and enjoyable than the dreaded assignment. Bothersome situation? Every era ends eventually, so if a situation is really that bad, just remember that it can’t get any worse, so it must get better!
As Kendrick preaches, “Be Humble.” It’s hard not to let competition rule our lives. Humans were born to compete. Cavemen competed for food and shelter, and here we are doing the same thing, but we’ve added many layers to the challenge. We compete to be the richest, the smartest, the most well-liked. What for? Healthy competition is good, of course, but only to an extent. When competition rules our lives, it becomes toxic and, often times, contagious. Humility is absolutely vital in life. It keeps competitive spirit under control, and it allows open minds in life. Open minds lead to more knowledge and wisdom. Humility also makes people more pleasant to be around; who wants to hang out with someone who cares only about his or herself?
Cherish Whom You Care Most About
Show your family you love them. Compliment them, do cute things for them, let them know that you care. Thank the people who make your life amazing. Celebrate birthdays. Have heart-to-heart relationships with family members and friends. Show people you
care about them. Don’t take anyone or anything for granted. It’s impossible to have a happy life without sharing happiness with others.
Don’t Let Nostalgia Trick You
Perhaps one of the most deceiving liars is nostalgia. It’s a beautiful feeling to look back on the wonderful memories you’ve had in life, but sometimes people feel blue when they think life was much better back then. Always remember how awesome your current life is. Nothing lasts forever; it’s important to embrace change in life. Always remember that the grass is greener on the other side; when you start to feel like life used to be better, remember the bothersome times that came with some of the good memories, and remember that every memory in life is priceless and something to be grateful for.
But Also Be Grateful
Don’t let nostalgia consume your thoughts, but also be appreciative of the wonderful memories you’ve had in life. Each one has helped shape who you are as a person. Remember that in the future!
If you’re happy with your life, keep doing what you’re doing, and try your best to support those who are struggling. If you’re not happy, find out what’s wrong and change it. You only get one life, so make it one you’re happy about!
Thanks for reading. See you next Friday!