Do You Hate Your Job?

women chattingDo you hate your job? You’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of Americans either hate their job or are disengaged. When you are that unhappy, you tend to complain to anyone who will listen, and even when you’re not at work, your mind is still there stewing about your problems.

Here are 3 tips that will help you survive and thrive no matter where you work:

Stop Complaining

Separate your home and work life. When you’re at home, leave work behind. Once you stop complaining, your mind gets quieter, and you can concentrate on something enjoyable such as time with your family or a favorite hobby. If you must express your feelings, write them down in a journal so you can get a better perspective.

Find Out Why

Why do you hate your job? Is your commute too long and you’re stressed out by the time you get to work? Do you feel unappreciated despite doing the best job you can? Once you find out why you are so unhappy, determine how you can improve your situation. Can you share driving with someone else or express your feelings about appreciation to your boss?

Stand Out from the Crowd

Most workers are doing the minimum that is necessary to get by. Stand out from the crowd by doing things without being asked. Reload the copy machine with paper, or prepare a progress report for the boss. Office meetings can be boring to most workers, who may be checking their watches and staring at the wall. Stand out by getting involved in the discussion and boldly stating your opinion.

By following these 3 tips, your job will become a more pleasant place to be, and you’ll feel like you are a valued employee.


Stop and Smell the Roses

rosesDo you remember the Mac Davis hit “Stop and Smell the Roses?” Let me refresh your mind by posting the melody to this thought-provoking song.

You’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re going to find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way

People always seem to be in a hurry in our modern day world. Car horns beep from annoyed drivers, video games, TV, and surfing the net have replaced conversation, and we’re so busy that we have to use our cellphones for talking and texting while we are driving. Is it any wonder that people are so stressed out?

Stop and smell the roses. Shut off the electronics and reconnect with your loved ones. Eat dinner together and have some real conversation where everyone contributes. Go outside, get some fresh air, and admire God’s handiwork.

We have so many things to be grateful for, and when we slow down long enough to count our blessings, even the smallest things in our lives take on a new meaning.

A Positive Diet for Your Mind

4645939-friends-enjoying-lunch-at-home-togetherIt’s not hard to find bad news in the world we live in today. Pick up any newspaper, read news online, or flip the TV on, and you’ll be bombarded with stories of murder, war, famine, and violence. “According to Psychology Today, negative newscasts are more likely to make you sadder and more anxious, as well as intensifying your personal worries and anxieties.”

You wouldn’t put anything harmful into your body, and your mind needs to be treated with the same respect. Here are three tips to having a more positive diet for your mind:

Limit Your Exposure

While you shouldn’t bury your head in the sand and pretend that the whole world is a happy place, you don’t need to be repeatedly reminded that the economy is sinking; the United States is ready to go to war, and your hometown is rated in the top ten for violent crime.

Seek Out Inspirational Stories

Seek out stories of inspiring people who have been faced with challenges and emerged victorious. Today on the CNN website, I read an article about how music may help stave off dementia.

Redirect Your Focus

Instead of parking in front of the TV or computer, go outside and do some things you enjoy. Take a long walk, go for a bike ride, or visit friends. Get involved in church activities or helping organizations.

By having a more positive diet for your mind, you’ll be much happier, and ready to live your life to the fullest.