Seriously, is it asking too much? A job that makes you happy, where hard work pays off, and your talents are recognized?
I didn't think it was either.
When I got the call that I had landed the job of my dreams at a chemical manufacturing company, I knew things were starting to look up for me. More money. My own office. Ideal hours. What more could I ask for?
At first, all the guys showed up on time for our strategy meetings. They parroted each other with "Yes, ma'am" and "No, ma'am." Then one day, one of them let the f-bomb fly. All of a sudden, the meeting sounded like a script from a Quentin Tarantino movie. My boss never said a word or attempted to rein the meeting in.
When I mentioned it to our HR rep, all she said was, "You've got to learn to be gentle with men. They don't always know how to talk about things."
The inappropriate overtures and over-the-top bravado started to eat away at me. I found myself wearing flats instead of heels. Slacks instead of skirts. And I'd reach for my sweats the second I got home. It became shameful and oppressive to think of myself the way they thought of others. Until I realized I didn't have to.
I thought I'd be happy as soon as I found the right job. But I was wrong. I didn't need a job to give me permission to be happy, and no job ever could.
I stopped waiting for my job to get better and started writing on the side. It made me feel heard. Like I was back in the driver's seat and could be myself again.
For all its progress and opportunities, Americans are pretty down in the dumps these days. A recent Harris Poll reported that only a whopping one in three of us are as happy as we want to be. That's 5 billion sad, disgruntled, scared, pissed-off people walking the planet. All of us believe we'll be happy just as soon as one thing or another happens. But will we? Happy people don't believe in waiting. Here are five things happy people believe that most people rarely even consider: