Happiness and Professions: is There a Connection?

Op-ed

We all know those few people that glow with positivity and always seem happy in life.

Usually, this type of people have mountains of friends, glorious social life, and a wonderful job. Usually.

In this article, I interviewed two people about their positive lifestyle and overall so called “happy” life they are leading. I wanted to find out how they live such a happy life and what causes it. I mainly focused on the professions that they both sustained.

Are the people with the happiest lifestyle, influenced partly by the profession they sustain?

What does “happy” mean?

Someone who is happy has feelings of pleasure, usually because something nice has happened or because they feel satisfied with their life.

— Collins English Dictionary

Nancy — Integration Aid (Canada)

An integration aid is an aid to the teacher and the students in the class. People with this profession help kids with special needs in the class and overall help the classroom stay sustained.

Q: Are you happy with this particular employment? Would you switch to a different profession if you could?

A: Definitely not, I am very happy with my position. At the time that I saw this job, I knew that this was my opportunity. I found the perfect job. I knew from the beginning because of the satisfaction I would get from helping kids in the classroom.

Q: What's your favorite thing about this job?

A: Seeing that I make a difference in students' lives.

Q: Why specifically made you choose this profession?

A: The satisfaction that I receive every day by aiding the kids in my classroom cannot beat anything else. Especially the kids who need a little extra help (special needs). It fills me with gratification and gives me a sense of fulfillment in my day-to-day life.

Q: Other than your profession, what do you believe most influences your positive state of mind?

A: An overall attitude of gratitude. My personality as well. I mean, life is too short to wake up miserable with your cup only half full. You need to focus on the good things.

Q: So, from this interview, would you believe that your profession influences your outlook on life?

A: Definitely. It is the better part of my day.

Mara — ND Iridologist (Italy)

An iridologist is a person who studies iridology. Iridology is a natural/doctoral practice that consists of identifying the state of your organs by looking through a person's iris'.

Q: Are you happy with this particular employment? Would you switch to a different profession if you could?

A: Never. Iridology, to me, is a passion. I can work 20 hours straight without getting tired of this job. I would never change it for anything in this world.

Q: What's your favorite thing about this job?

A: There are two things:

1) With this job, there is a lot of traveling. I'm always wanted in many places, this way I get to meet new people and interact with them!

2) It never gets boring. Every day you're learning new things, discovering new things. It's very rewarding because you need to stay updated constantly on the new information that consistently roles in.

Q: What specifically made you choose this profession?

A: I get to help people. I get to help people prevent illnesses before they come. It gratifies me.

Q: Other than your profession, what do you believe most influences your positive state of mind?

A: An attitude of appreciation towards life. Life is a gift. We are not eternal. We need to make the best of it every day. I personally believe that there always is a solution to every problem and if not, there is no problem. You are what you believe.

Q: So, from this interview, would you believe that your profession influences your outlook on life?

A: Absolutely. When you choose your work that is a passion, it's like a hobby. Making a living from something you love to do so much definitely would influence your outlook.

What do I Think?

Personally, I definitely think that your profession has a role on your outlook of life. I mean, it's what's I'll do every day, all day if it's not a part-time job!

However, I believe it's not just that that influences someone's positivity, it can also be family, friends, or just a contagious personality! For example, I know people that work in factories and are still happy with their life! To some people, jobs are just things that make money and give no such fulfillment compared to others.

For others, like me, when I'm older I'm going to need a profession that sustains me and always keeps me uplifted. My mood is influenced by what I surround myself with and my current situation in life.

Therefore, if I surround myself with a positive atmosphere of friends, family, and overall workspace, it's no doubt that my outlook will eventually change. But this, once again, is not the case for everyone, because there are such things called mental disorders. My life can be filled with sunshine and rainbows, but for some reason, I will not be entirely satisfied.

In conclusion, it just depends on the situation, personality, and the way the brain works. Because, in reality, happiness and the definition of “happy” are not so simple.

Being happy essentially rides on the mental state of mind, and if that isn't secure, then everything changes.

Credits

Thank you to Mara and Nancy for their opinions and perspectives!

Chiara Bramante
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A young woman trying to reach for the stars, Chiara fills her time with The Teen Magazine work, drinking water, rainbow looming, writing, reading and watching her favorite shows on repeat. She hopes that everyone enjoys the articles she writes/edits as she tries to commit full effort into everything she accomplishes!