If you read one more article on happiness in the workplace, you're going to lose it.

Sometimes, we assume that finding meaning is all about saving the world, feeding the hungry, or housing the homeless. But it's not limited to that. Psychologist Todd Hall defines meaningful work as "work that contributes to the well-being of others in a way that uniquely expresses and defines who we are."
有时候,我们会认为,寻找意义意味着拯救世界,救助贫寒。但还不限于这些。心理学家Todd Hall 把有意义的工作定义为“以一种独一无二的方式表达和体现我们个人价值,对他人的幸福作出贡献的工作。”

Here are some ways to find that meaning in your work — even if you think your job is a soul-sucking black hole of boredom.

1.Know your why
1. 清楚做这份工作的原因。

No matter your situation, you're at your current job for a reason. Maybe you need the income to save for a house for your growing family, or maybe there's an illness in your family and you absolutely must have the medical coverage that job provides.

You may not be absolutely delighted at work every day, but that doesn't mean there's no higher purpose in what you're doing. In fact, researchers have identified that deeply meaningful lives can also be characterized by stress, struggle, and challenges.

So, take a moment to jot down all the reasons why you work. On those days when you get down about your job situation, reflect on your deeper purpose for being there.

2.Express your human goodness
2. 表现人性之善良

"Character strengths" are virtues, such as creativity, honesty, kindness, social intelligence, or gratitude, that allow you to express goodness and help yourself and others. Finding and expressing your unique character strengths can fill your life with more meaning and satisfaction.

By doing this, you'll find meaning from an intrinsic perspective — in other words, from what's already inside of you — rather than expecting your job to create and deliver a sense of happiness to you from the outside.

3.Connect the dots
3. 连点成线

When you're in a job that you don't enjoy, you probably find the situation absolutely infuriating — why are you stuck in this mess?

But instead of dwelling on the frustration of the current situation, find meaning by connecting your past, present, and future.

Now, imagine a future where you will no longer be in a job you despise, where you'll be able to continue pursuing your goals, and where you'll finally have a career that provides both meaning and happiness. Your current situation will get you there eventually — you just have to be patient.

By reflecting on the past and connecting it to the future, you can make your present unhappiness circumstance more bearable.

As quirky as it seems, sometimes we really benefit from challenging, stressful, and, yes, even unhappy situations. Try these three strategies to look at your work life through a new lens, and realize that by creating meaning, you can also create job satisfaction.