It’s not enough to have a job now – you have to be passionate about it, too!
But actually, being passionate about your job can help you feel better, at least according to a few working women.
Ashley Kreze, a clinic director and registered clinical counselor in Canada, said in an email that women tend to take care of others first, and their own needs get put on the back burner.
“When this happens, passions decrease, motivation wanes, and burn-out can happen,” Kreze said. “It's so important for women to be passionate with their jobs or careers because these careers are for them.”
If you’re working full-time, that’s eight hours a day spent at work, which is a big portion of your time. And believe me, that time goes slowly when you’re not feeling passionate about what you’re doing.
“When we feel passion we feel more invigorated, more energized, and more in-tune with our strengths, desires, and goals,” Kreze added.
Being passionate about your job can make you happier, especially if you explore and use more of your “signature strengths.” This is discussed in the book “Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment,” by positive psychologist Martin Seligman.
“When we understand and use more of our ‘signature strengths,’ life feels more easy and exhilarating, rather than exhausting and frustrating,” Kreze said. “Our bodies and minds are more relaxed, and we feel more positive.”
Passion for your job may not happen overnight. In fact, it may take some time and work on your part, but it can be developed.
“When you understand more about who are you, where your needs lie, and what excites you, you'll be able to better fine-tune your passions,” Kreze said. “If you're struggling with how to start that, consider starting something new in your personal life.”
This includes experimenting with activities that you haven’t tried before, such as taking a dance class or even trying a different approach at work.
“When we tune into our creative side of our lives, we discover qualities about ourselves we may not have known existed,” Kreze added.