Sometimes a busy career woman may feel drained from work or unhappy in their lives and might be quick to blame it on their job. Not so fast! Here are five ways to improve your happiness as a career woman.
1. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can help make you happy
If you spend much of your time working successfully in your career, you have money. The best way to feel happier is to contribute some of it to a charitable cause. The next best way is to buy experiences you love. Go to a concert, go on a vacation, enjoy exquisite food or drink, and so on. Buying things that sit in your home might make you happy for a little while, but it’s memories that are more valuable.
2. Know exactly what you want and how to get it
Despite our cultural expectations of individuality and being yourself, many don’t know what they want out of life. They all wander down the same cliché self-discovery paths only to find it has a cliché dead end. The antidote to this is being honest with yourself and knowing what you want and learning what you must do in order to get it. If you want a higher salary, you need to get promoted. To get promoted, talk to the right people and be the best at what you do.
3. Take your work seriously, but not too seriously
The stereotypical career women make their work into their life, as if work was the only thing to live for. Unfortunately, life is not so one-tracked, and people aren’t supposed to be one-dimensional. It pays to unwind after work, to have interests outside of work and outside of what people talk about at the water cooler.
4. Balance your relationships
Part of the happiness formula means having a healthy social life. People locked into their careers can often make the mistake of neglecting to go out and have fun with friends. If you don’t have real friends at work, you should have friends outside of work. Try to make a night once per week or month to get together with old gal pals.
5. Relationships, part two
Happiness can easily be improved with a fulfilling romantic relationship. Again, don’t let work obligations cut into your life too much to the point that they have a stranglehold over your relationships outside of work. This includes family, friends and love interests.
In summary, take pride in your independence. You are in a position to make choices that benefit your own happiness and self-fulfillment, so take advantage of it!