joy at work

joyThere’s a new movement you need to know about: joy at work.

That’s right. The latest trend is to nag you into finding some joy in your job.

Not happiness. Not passion. Joy.

And if you find joy, at least a little, things are going to be okay.

I don’t hate the idea of finding joy at work even though some Silicon Valley brogrammer thinks he invented it. You can’t walk around all moody and depressed because, frankly, that’s my job. I own the market on being cynical and jaded.

Finding joy at the office isn’t about finding your calling or living your life’s mission. It is about the little things that hopefully add up and make your day tolerable. A healthy lunch, a funny anecdote, a customer who isn’t rude, a client who offers public praise.

Find moments of joy. Savor them. Then get ready for the walls to close in and chaos to ensue. After all, it’s still work. You’re not being paid to feel joy, you’re being paid to solve problems and put out fires.

Try to find some joy, anyway.


  1. You’ve nailed this one, Laurie. Although it would be wonderful if we could all find our “passion” at work, that’s not always possible. What *is* possible is to find a bit of happiness each day, no matter what our circumstances. Most of us have to put food on the table and unless we have a trust fund, that means working for a living.

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