The pursuit of happiness is one of the basic instincts of human beings. Among all the factors, work and social life are often considered influential to one’s sense of happiness. Despite all the heated debates, I believe it is ones’ job rather than social life that has a greater impact on one’ s overall happiness.
First, a decent and well-paid job guarantees living standard and offers substantial leisure life. Admittedly, wealth doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. A well-paid job do can open up door to a bigger and diverse world. Salary gained from a job can not only meet one’s eating and housing demand, but also cater to the needs of one’s spiritual world. This is because abundant financial gain enables people to travel around the world- conversing with foreigners, jungle flight in Chiang Mai, balloon sightseeing in Turkey or parachuting in New Zealand- all these exciting adventurous journeys and experiences can bring surprises and happiness to a person.
Additionally, achievement stemming from a well-accomplished task can bring people happiness as well. Rising through the social hierarchy or striving to achieve excellence at work is widely considered a process of self-realization. After long-term hard work and diligence, an initially frustrating challenge can ultimately be a stepping-stone to one’ success. The overcame challenge can either be learning how to get along with a picky boss or solving a technical problem in the computer system at work. All these experiences offer people a sensation of delight and satisfaction and can even motivate employees to aim for greater improvement at their job. Compared with the happiness brought by making new friends or a pleasant conversation, this kind of happiness can be far more lasting and rewarding.
In final analysis, for all the pleasure and laughter social life can bring people, one’s work is a greater source of one’s internal happiness.