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26 Jan 2004

Money Vs Happiness???
hi ppl

Up to what point should one be greatful for having a job? Where do you draw the line?

I earn a good salary but I'm so unhappy that I cry every night when I get home. I get Spasms in my back, headaches and recently developed Irritable Bowl Syndrome due to stress (from my work).

I always knew that deadlines will be part of my job. It's not that. It’s the company that I work for. Here I'm just a number. When I work overtime everyday for 3 weeks I don't even get a thank you but when I'm 15 minutes late I get told that I have an attitude problem.

I hate every minute of it. In the mornings I wish that I can rather die than to go to work. It's because I can't be creative at work. I'm the only Designer here, and with 5 years experience and excellent skills, I should know by now what to do and not to do. But my boss, who is so old he can be my Gran father & knows nothing from art - tells me everyday "how" to design. I have to follow templates now. This is not why I studied design in the first place.

I have been looking for another job for over 6 months and can’t find anything. I’m either too expensive or too experienced. What’s it worth? To carry on just to be able to pay rent etc…

What’s more important, Money or Happiness????

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

wo, obvously both are important. I tink mit was the glorious Spike Milligan who said that while money can't buy you happiness, it does at least enable you to arrnage for a much better class of misery. You don't have to choose between the two --- don't you need to work on re-arranging circumstances, to the extent possible, to reduce the stress at work ; while continuing to look for alternative jobs ? Unpaid overtime is unfair, and ought to be avoidable and avoided. So you can't be truly creative at work, because the boss is too silly to know how to use you properly ? Sad, but common, in different ways, to most of us in employment. But that doesn't stop you from being brilliantly creative in your own time, nights and weekends -- which is the only time most of the rest of us have in which to be creative, anyway. You can revise your expectations of the job, expecting nothing diferent from what it provides, and looking elsewhere for enjoyment of the sort the money can help you to buy.
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