Unsatisfactory job; rude boss; unfriendly colleagues; politics in office; gossips all around; unlikely growth options; there could be any reasons to change the job. But the question is “Is changing job the only way out?”
Well, practically these situations might come up in your next job as well, so changing job does not guarantee a full proof solution. But before I suggest you want is the right way out of the work problems, I want you to look at what a recent psychological research from Cornell University in New York has to say:
Dr Thomas Gilovich, for two decades, has studied on the subject of key to happiness. He says, “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed; but only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.” The study underlines the key difference between our value of experiences and objects as adaptation. So, that means its experience rather than things that leads to happiness.
Your job or profession is surely not an isolated subject to look at. You have to consider your daily routine to decide whether you need a job change or not. What I mean to say here is that the concern is not to change the job to lead a better life, instead, it is to identify the aspect that would add experience to your daily routine and freshen up your mind. As Gilovich says, “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
What you need to do?
As suggested by Gilovich try not to save all your salary to invest on materialistic things, instead explore a much sounder path to happiness via experiences. You can indulge in traveling, or outdoor activities, new skills, visiting exhibitions, or joining a new professional course.
Changing jobs doesn’t guarantee happiness or satisfaction as there will be a time when you’ll again get accustomed to that environment and would crave for change. So, instead explore the ways from where you can actually learn experiences.