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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Joy: What Work Brings You Joy?

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Marie Kondo, the organizing consulting and author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” emphasizes the rule to keep only those belongings that “spark joy.” Is it possible that her rule could apply to jobs? Work can spark joy if it involves active engagement, positive connections, and excitement for the future. Hopefully, we want that for ourselves and our clients! So, what are you going to do about it? Engage more? Change jobs? Visit a career coach? I wish you much joy in your work and life in 2020! ~ Melanie Reinersman,

FOCUS ON: The Joy of Working

Doing work because you want to, rather than because you have to, is to feel the joy of working. People who are making the choice to do their work every single day can talk about that joy in a way that is inspiring and motivating. Watch these joy-filled workers in the video, “The Joy of Working.”

JOB SEARCHING: Stop Trying to Find Your ‘Passion’

People are not taught how to “find their passion.” It takes action-oriented work, time, energy, courage and more to live an exciting professional life that ignites passion from within. Read the three fundamental steps here, then begin the journey toward a joyful career.

FOR THE PRACTITIONER: 21st Century Way to Foster Joy

Obsessive persistence may foster joy in work. Leveraging the things that motivate individuals, such as increasingly complex challenges or unique rewards, may help the career development process. Now that the toy season is upon us, could playing all those fun electronic games be a gift of joy?  Practitioners can begin to think about helping a client from a game developer’s perspective after reading this article on gamification from Career Convergence.

CAREER SPOTLIGHT: Industrial Design

Bringing joyful aesthetics into the workplace can result in an increase in creativity. An industrial designer shares tips to achieving more joy through courageous colors, round balls as chairs, and live plants. Read more joyful tips from an industrial designer.

TOP TEN: Ways to Find Joy at Work

Being thankful for the opportunity to work, celebrating wins, and smiling at unexpected moments of laughter foster joy at work. Read more examples of actions and attitudes that lead to daily joy.


“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” ~ Pearl S. Buck
“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” ~ Henry Ford


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