5 Tips For Exiting An Awful Work Situation

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
By Avery Johnson

The average American now works about 47 hours per week. That is roughly 2,350 hours per year if you count — and take — two vacations. I stopped my math here before adding up how many hours of our lives we spend punching the time clock because really, this isn’t about our time.

It’s about our health. It’s about our happiness. It’s about our lives. The truth is, for much of our days, our purpose and our identities revolve around not who we are, but what we do.

When we meet someone new for the first time, how often do we strike up a conversation surrounding how we make our living? Though we're much more than our job titles, we have to realize how much significance society — and even ourselves — places on our jobs. So why spend your precious days doing anything less than what you’re truly passionate about? The truth is, unless we are finding meaning and purpose in our positions or using the gifts and talents we have been given, we may not find contentment in the workplace.

If you wake up dreading Mondays, find yourself frustrated with your weeks, and discover you’re feeling sluggish and unmotivated both in the workplace and outside of it, it's time to make a change. Loving your job is no longer just a luxury. It is a necessity. Those unhappy with their work situation are at a greater risk of weight gain, serious illness, unstable relationships, and depression.

What can we do? The good news is you're never stuck where you are. Here are five ways to discover job happiness and lead a fulfilled career life, both in and outside of the office.