Setting happiness as your primary goal for work can make you end up feeling the opposite because happiness (like all emotions) is a fleeting state, not a permanent one. Instead, find meaning in your work.

The average person spends around 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime, so it’s essential to figure out how to feel right about the time you spend earning a living. Unfortunately, statistics show that 85% of employees aren’t engaged, and few know how to attain it. Research shows that making work more meaningful is one of the most potent and underutilized ways to increase productivity, engagement, and performance.

When you approach work mindfully, with an eye toward contributing to others, you’ll find opportunities to practice the skills that help you find the meaning and value in your work.

Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work, by Susan Peppercorn