How One Woman's Resilience Affected An Entire Community

November 7, 2014 9:19 PM

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People spend over a third of their waking life at work, but levels of work satisfaction vary widely from person to person. Amy Wrzesniewski's research shows that those who consider their work to be a job are generally interested only in the material benefits from their work and do not seek or receive any other type of reward from it; those who consider their work to be a career have a deeper personal investment in their work and generally seek to advance not only monetarily but also within the occupational structure; and those who consider their work to be a calling usually find that their work is inseparable from their life.[1] Those with a calling work not for financial gain or for career advancement, but for the fulfillment that the work brings. Wrzesniewski explains that those who consider their work to be a calling generally have a stronger and more rewarding relationship to their work. To determine whether your work is a job, career, or a calling, visit Authentic Happiness to take Wrzesniewski's short assessment, entitled "Work-Life Questionnaire."

Use this four-step process when you're curious about a reaction you had, don't like a reaction you had, or simply want to find a new way of looking at a problem. This technique is based on the work of Drs. Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, and can help you better understand why your react the way you do ...

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