A work related question for all of you.

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Do you think it’s worth giving up a little money in exchange for happiness? I do. Let me explain. Recently a couple of us at my job were talking about work, changing jobs, good pay vs acceptable pay and job happiness. I will use myself as the example for this question. I used to work in mail order computer sales, selling everything from servers to patch cables. I had some years where I made some really really good money, about double what I make now. But I was not happy there. I hated going to work, I felt physically sick some mornings and I was miserable and cranky when I got home. As one of my coworkers put it today (hi Joann!), I’d start getting that feeling in the pit of my stomach on Sunday nights because I knew that a whole new week of misery would be starting up the next morning. I changed fields a couple of years ago and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. I may make less now, but I am a lot happier. So, given the choice, would you rather make more money and be unhappy at your job, or make less and be happy? Talk to me.

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10 comments

pussreboots January 17, 2008 - 12:19 am

I chose less money for happiness.

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Aahz January 17, 2008 - 12:41 am

I’m all about the happiness! My family can’t understand how incredbily “unsuccessful” I’ve been in my business life. But that’s because they fail to see how important freedom is to me.

Two years ago I made the choice to cut my income in half in order to live closer to (and have time for) my young daughter. They’ve been the best two years of my life. And, I’ve been able to find alternative ways to increase my income to the point where it’s now above what it was before and I’ve still got the time, freedom and hapiness I was seeking.

Aahz’s last blog post..Clothing For My Angel from Heavenly Couture

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valmg January 17, 2008 - 4:26 am

Good for you philaahzophy!Thanks pussreboots!So far that’s two for happiness. Who else wants to weight in on this?

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Sabrina January 17, 2008 - 10:17 am

I did the same thing. I left a job I hated to take a job making less money. I’m gaining valuable experience and hope to move on within 6 months and make even more.

I hate making less money, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Great subject btw!

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skeet January 17, 2008 - 2:02 pm

No amount of money is worth doing something you hare day in and day out. I’ve quit good-paying jobs because I hated them and would do it again if the same situation were to occur.

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ashley January 17, 2008 - 5:13 pm

i agree with happiness, but then again you do lite up the office so even if u are making good money people should still be happy working with you =o) i know i am!!!

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valmg January 17, 2008 - 7:05 pm

Awww, thanks. You’re such a nice Avon lady.

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Jo Ann January 17, 2008 - 5:28 pm

As you know my husbands job just closed down after 26 years there. We were both nervous about what job opportunities he would have. He was lucky, he got a few and narrowed it down to two. #1- a ton of money but he would have to travel and be miserable and #2- less money but happy. He chose #2 with my blessing. As the old saying goes, money can’t buy you happiness. I would much rather have him home with me and happy than more money. I know it sounds sappy…lol

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valmg January 17, 2008 - 7:05 pm

Not at all sappy. I agree completely.

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Justin Lowamster January 19, 2008 - 1:29 pm

My dad quit his job several years ago because it wasn’t worth having a family with how much he was gone, and family was more important to him. We had rough times for a while, but God provided. I find this an interesting question because my wife and I have been reading Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn. It has a lot to say about money (whooda thought) and how people relate to it.

In our church Life Group, where one of the ladies works, they are pushing for more people to work from home. She does this, so she can spend time with her family, but several other woman look down on her because of this, because she is putting family first. I believe these are the same ones whose husbands make a really good amount of money, but the wife has to work to because of their lifestyle, which is all about having the big house, cards, etc. It is all for nothing, just dust in the wind, and some don’t have kids because it will cramp their style. If making more money and having ‘stuff’ is more important then your family, something is wrong.

Oops, I didn’t mean to tangent all over the place. If you can’t guess by now, I’d take less money over working at some place that I really didn’t like, and I’d take less money over being gone more with more money, although it is easy for me to want to work extra and do more to provide, but I can’t let that override more important things, like who I am trying to provide for.

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