Happiness: a matter of perspective

My sister shared an Instagram post with me the other evening from an account titled Humans of New York. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I highly recommend checking it out as it’s a great way to catch a glimpse of alternate perspectives towards a certain subject matter.

This particular post, featuring commentary from a woman from Toronto, really got me thinking. Take a look:

I think this woman’s perception of happiness is one we can all benefit from, specifically her comment about ‘enoughness.’ And further, her questioning of whether or not we can find this ‘enoughness’ outside of a job, or if happiness is intrinsically linked to a career.

While I don’t have a definitive answer to the questions she proposes in her commentary, I do think her questions are worthy of contemplation. Why do we associate happiness with a career? Must what we do for a living be our primary source of joy, or can we simply be satisfied with a job and find our passions outside of work?

Personally, I think the latter. Don’t get me wrong, being happy in a position is of utmost importance. What’s the point of working somewhere where we’re miserable, counting down the days until the weekend and missing everything happening around us in the process? But, a job does not have to be the sole perpetrator of our happiness, as stated in the words shared by the woman featured in this particular Instagram post. We’re pressured to believe that contentment and a job are intrinsically linked, but it’s okay to be working at something that isn’t our number one choice, so long as we’re in a healthy state, mentally and physically.

It’s time to cut the bull and acknowledge that we seek happiness differently. Don’t determine how happy you are through comparison and what if’s – determine it by listening to yourself.

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