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Just before the current recession set in, 35-year-old Samuel Peery quit a stable job as a vice president of marketing to start his own social-networking company. Unable to secure funding for his start-up, Mr. Peery, of Lehi, Utah, was left unemployed, with an unrealized dream.
“I got some gigs through my marketing consulting firm, but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills,” he says, adding that he had to find a way to adapt to the new stresses he was feeling.
Mr. Peery decided to take his happiness into his own hands. “I now make meditation and prayer a part of my daily routine. It helps me to connect to something larger than myself and has provided tremendous comfort and direction,” he says.
He also makes it a priority to engage in activities that will boost his mood, from exercising to listening to a song mix or motivational recording. He’s still pursuing life as an entrepreneur, and plans to release a multimedia online marketing course for small businesses next year.
Happiness, it seems, has become a new mandate. That’s partly thanks to people like New York-based writer Gretchen Rubin, who was on a city bus in the rain a few years ago when she asked herself what it would take to make her happy.
She didn’t have an immediate answer, leading to a year of research and a new book, “The Happiness Project,” and corresponding Web site (www.happiness-project.com), that includes insights on well-being from history, philosophy, scientific studies and life experiences.
Happiness is something everyone should think about, even if you have the staples of a good life — health, career and relationships — says Ms. Rubin. “It’s easier to consider how you might improve things when you aren’t completely miserable.”
When it comes to finding a job that makes you happier, start with a roster of things you genuinely like to do. Note that your list should not include things you feel you ought to like. “You have to look inside yourself, because everyone has different inclinations and varying definitions of fun,” says Ms. Rubin.
If you’ve had a rough year at work or have been laid off, being happy might be easier said than done. But you can try to change your attitude for the better by focusing on particular thoughts.
Mr. Peery, for example, made a conscious effort to concentrate on the good that came out of his period of unemployment. “I decided to look at my situation as an exciting time in which I could choose my own path,” he says.
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