The Key to Happiness

Posted March 4, 2014 by Hannah Hylla in On the Ladder
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I’ve become a firm believer that you shouldn’t let someone or something determine your happiness; it’s a matter of personal responsibility. It’s truly something that needs to come from within.

It’s like a relationship – they say that you need be happy with yourself, before you will ever be happy with someone else. I like to think that’s the truth about finding happiness within your job as well – it’s like a relationship.

Recently, Forbes released The Happiest and Unhappiest Industries of 2014,

This is how the happiest faired:

  1. Software Publishers
  2. Radio and Television Broadcasting
  3. Educational Services
  4. Management of Companies and Enterprises
  5. Motion Picture and Video Industries

And we can’t forget the unhappiest, which includes Waste Management and Administrative and Support Services at the bottom at the list.

The happiest and unhappiest industries were scored according to the following categories:

  1. Person you work for
  2. People you work with
  3.  Work setting
  4. Support you get
  5. Rewards you receive
  6. Growth opportunities
  7. Company culture
  8. Way you work

I will agree that unhappiness in the workplace can stem from frustrations and stressful situations but I am a firm believer that it all falls back on your happiness in your life away from work.

Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? How do you deal with stressful situations and frustrations in your life away from work?

Take time to re-evaluate. Are you taking the time to do the little or even big things in your personal life that make you happy?

For example, I spend much of the time traveling for work each month. For a while, I felt myself falling into a slump of frustration and stress, so I took time to re-evaluate my happiness in my personal life.

I made a list of what was important to my happiness in my personal life. One was health and fitness, so I made a plan to get back in my healthier eating routine (which is hard to do consistently when you are always on the road) and made a workout schedule. I set time aside each day to do the little things that make me happy.

I also made a list of the things I have always wanted to do but have never actually done. At the top of my list was volunteering. Even if it was once a month, I made an effort to find the time to research an organization and made a plan to volunteer at least once a month.

So make a list. If you are unhappy at work, re-evaluate your life away from work. Don’t forget the little things in life that make you happy.

About the Author

Hannah Hylla

Hannah Hylla is a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for GlaxoSmithKline in Lincoln, Neb. She recently made the transition into the Pharmaceutical Industry and a large move from Minneapolis, Minn. to "The Good Life" for the job opportunity! Hannah is truly thrilled to be spending her "free-time" doing something she loves - writing! She is a sports enthusiast, who graduated from the College of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN) in May of 2013 with a bachelor of arts in Communication and played on the Women's Basketball Team for four years. In her free-time Hannah enjoys traveling - she lived in Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy for six months and continues her love for travel through her career. You can contact her at or on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.