Sense of Purpose

Do you wake up every day with something you look forward to doing? Do you love what you do every day?

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While having a job (or volunteer effort, childcare, or schooling — whatever consumes most of your day) can be stressful at times, working doing something that you are passionate about contributes to your overall well-being. People who use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

Do you get burnt out after only 20 hours of work per week? It might be time to put your energy to work somewhere else. If you don't have the opportunity to regularly do something you enjoy — even if it's more of a passion or interest than something you get paid to do — the odds of you having high well-being in other areas diminish rapidly. People with a high sense of purpose are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall, making career well-being one of the most essential elements of being well.

Improve Your Sense of Purpose: Three Recommendations1

1. Every day, use your strengths.
2. Identify someone with a shared mission who encourages your growth. Spend more time with this person.
3. Opt into more social time with the people and teams you enjoy being around at work.

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1 Rath, Tom, Harter, Jim, Harter, James K. Well Being: The Five Essential Elements, New York, NY. Gallup Press, 2010

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