Let’s try a little experiment. Go to the Google search bar and type, “My job is” and see Google’s recommendations to complete the statement. My results: My job is. . .
Telling, isn’t it? Although Americans spend more time at work than people in many other parts of the industrialized world, it seems we’re rather unhappy. Gallup says we have an employee engagement crisis , with 70 percent of Americans not engaged at work. Let’s say you have found your passion. You’re happy. Your job allows you to give back. You’re happy. You have perks such as ping-pong tables and happy hours. You’re happy.
Not so fast. Being happy takes intention and practice just like anything else (even with perks). Here are some key reasons we’re not happy, and some practical tips to turn that around: