Being Thankful

Dear, Anita,

I just hate my job. My pay is low and the managers are morons. This job isn’t going anywhere and I am burned out. I’ve been looking for other work, but none of them seem any better. Where are all the good jobs?

Dear, Negative Nellie,

Girl Sticking Out TongueDon’t like your job? There’s someone out there who would be happy to take it. (Note that the same concept can apply to your spouse!)

Thanksgiving is a great time of the year for an attitude adjustment. No job is going to be a walk in the park every day; after all, it is called “work” for a reason. You may feel the grass will be greener at another place of employment. The fact is, there will always be aspects of any job that you enjoy, and a few that you don’t.

Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” A worthwhile exercise may be to write down the things you are thankful for. You may want to do a full Pro/Con list about your job. If the pros outweigh the cons, then make a concerted effort to concentrate on the plusses at your position. Here’s another idea: Every day, write a short entry about something good that happened to you in a gratitude journal.

What’s that? You say there is nothing about your current work life to be grateful for? What about the fact that you are getting paid? There are nine other ideas on BizSupplies list of “Ten Reasons to be Thankful at Work.”

By focusing on the positive, you’ll find that your mood lightens. Watch this video clip to see one guy who is enthusiastic about work: While you may not be as happy to go to the office as “Mike,” maybe you can enjoy your current workplace by learning to take yourself lightly, but your job seriously.

Readers: What are you most thankful for in your workplace?

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Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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