You don’t have to quit your job to be any happier

You don’t have to quit your job to be any happier

In recent years, people are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Reasons for quitting vary: Some were looking for better pay, others wanted to stick with the work-from-home life and some realized they were dissatisfied and burned out with their job.

But will quitting your job really make you happier? Maybe not as much as you think, especially in the long run and if don’t plan properly.

Psychology experts say, quitting your job might make you happy at first but that feeling may not last long. Because when making changes, most of us focus on the immediate change and how it will make us feel but not what will happen a month later. And then we adapt back and new problems bubble up. It’s a phenomenon in psychology known as hedonic adaptation which people have a general tendency to return to a set level of happiness despite life’s ups and downs.

The reason for quitting a job can also affect whether or not it will add to your happiness. Ask yourself; is it something about you or is it something about the job? Because if it’s you, you will likely bring that problem to your next job.

3 things to think about before you quit:

  • Find your why
  • Think long-term
  • Think about your future co-workers

According to career experts, plan for not only the job you want now but your trajectory. The next job after that… Career trajectory is going to be the one thing that will allow you to feel truly hopeful about that future.