Question 17

Rubber Band: 

Occupations & levels of happiness


(Authentic Happiness 165-184)

Lawyers are the unhappiest

* To maximize work satisfaction, you need to use your signature strengths on the job, preferably every day
* Recrafting your job to deploy your strengths and virtues every day not only makes work more enjoyable, but transmogrifies a routine job or a stalled career into a calling. A calling is the most satisfying form of work because, as a gratification, it is done for its own sake rather than for the material benefits it brings. Enjoying the resulting state of flow on the job will soon overtake material reward as the principal reason for working.
* A job is something you do for a paycheck at the end of the week, it’s just a means to an end
* A career involves more personal investment. You mark achievements in a career by money and also advancement in the job.
* A calling (or vocation) is a passionate commitment to work for its own sake. Individuals with a calling see their work as contributing to the greater good, to something larger than they are, and hence the religious connotation is entirely appropriate. The work is fulfilling in its own right, without regard for money or advancement
* Any job can become a calling, and any calling can become a job