How To Derive Joy From Your Job

Many people derive satisfaction from their work. Satisfaction, however, falls below engagement on the scale, and even though satisfaction and engagement are desirable in any job, joy is a much better way to feel about one’s work.

Sadly, most people don’t get much higher on the scale than satisfaction.

When interviewed about his job, one man remarked:

“I’ve worked here for 28 years. Job’s okay. Benefits are okay. But it’s just a job. My pension vests in 24 months and I can’t wait to get out of here.”

 ~ Forbes

Can you imagine working that long in a job with no joy?

Consider this…the difference between JOB and JOY is only one letter. Typically the word “Job” conjures feelings of drudgery, boredom, and lack of freedom—in short, it’s a painful necessity that’s the polar opposite of joy. Indeed, moving from JOB to JOY seems almost impossible.

Yes, you could change your retail job and take a position with a company that seems more conducive to employee happiness. But keep in mind that no job is perfect. Plus, there’s no guarantee of joy with another employer either.

The good news is that you do not have to find a new job. The HuffPost offers 3 ways to take control now and bring joy to your current job situation:

1. Pinpoint the value your current job brings to you & be grateful for it

If you’re thinking that the gratitude card get’s played too much, you’re probably right. But that’s because it really works! Before you head out the door for work each morning, come up with one thing to be grateful for about your job. Say it out loud and listen to yourself speak those words of gratitude.

And don’t forget to consider the value you create for others at work. Even though you may feel frustrated that you can’t get things done as you’d like, recognize that you do help people—both customers and fellow employees—in ways that may seem insignificant, but could be very meaningful to the person on the receiving end of that help.

2. Emotionally detach yourself from the job

Your job isn’t who you are, it’s just something you do. It’s time to change how you speak. Instead of saying “I am Manager of XX at YY Company”, try saying “My job at XX Company is manager of YY”.

This semantic change moves you away from being the job to having the job.

3. Nurture other areas of your life

Your job is not the sum of your being. There are many other facets of your life in which you find joy—exercise, nutrition, rest, friends, family, and love.

It’s no accident that people who are unhappy in other areas of their lives, aren’t happy in their jobs either.


Only one letter differentiates the words JOB and JOY. When you decide that the “Y” stands for YOU, you have given yourself the power of choice.

Will you choose to find joy—wherever that may be?

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Sherene Funk is the author of the contemporary romance Autumn in Your Arms and two small business e-books. She is a voracious reader who owns more books than she can ever read in this lifetime. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she worked in advertising for many years before moving to her current writing position at Rain Retail Software. She researches non-stop to see what successful retailers do and loves to share what she learns with small business owners.