Going to work is a struggle for a lot of people. And if your job doesn’t offer a lot of variety or excitement, you might pray for something better to come along. But whether you realize it or not, there are good reasons to love your job.
1. You Have Steady Income
Steady, consistent income is an excellent reason to love your job. Every day, thousands of people hit the pavement looking for work, but aren’t getting hired due to a saturated job market. Rather than hate your job, be grateful you have one that provides for you and your family.
2. Your Co-workers Are the Best People
Your job might not be your first choice, and maybe you would change many things about your position and boss. However, if you work with a group of amazing people, this can make your days and weeks enjoyable, and they can provide the support you need.
3. It's a Steppingstone to Something Better
Keep your situation in perspective. Depending on your career, you might have to start at the bottom and work your way up. And the truth is your current position can be a steppingstone to something better. Rather than dislike your job, focus on how this opportunity can open the door to a better one in the future.
4. You Don't Have to Pay for Health Insurance
As someone who pays out-of-pocket for health insurance, be happy if your employer pays all or a portion of your health coverage. Health insurance premiums aren’t getting any cheaper, and rising costs make it difficult for many families to afford adequate coverage.
5. You're Able to Reach Financial Goals
Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad. Your job might be annoying at times, but if it lets you achieve many of your financial and life goals, such as buying a house, saving for your kid’s education or building a rainy day fund, this is a good reason to love your job.
6. Your Company Offers an Employer-Match Program
The sooner you start planning for retirement the better. But it’s hard to grow a retirement fund if you can’t afford to contribute a lot. Therefore, you should love your job if your employer matches your 401(k) contributions. With a match program, whatever you contribute to your retirement account, your employer matches this contribution up to a certain percentage. This is free money that can jumpstart your retirement account and help you better prepare for the future. Not all companies offer this provision, so stick around if you’re currently enjoying this perk.
7. You're Enjoying Other Perks
Your job might have its share of headaches, but you may also enjoy other attractive perks. For example, the company may offer generous vacation time each year, daycare reimbursement, flexible schedules or telecommuting, and you might enjoy regular work bonuses and company trips.
8. You're Making a Difference
It might be stressful and low-paying, but if your job gives you an opportunity to help people and make a difference in someone else’s life, this is one of the best reasons to love what you do.
9. You're Getting Free Education
Many people successfully move up the career ladder without a college degree, primarily because they receive on-the-job training and learn skills to further their careers. If your employer is willing to teach you — and possibly pay for your education — this is another good reason to enjoy your work and stick around.
10. The Grass Isn't Always Greener on the Other Side
For some reason, we always think the grass is greener on the other side. But the truth is if you were to quit your job and go elsewhere, your new position and employer might be worse than your previous one. This doesn’t suggest staying in a non-fulfilling position; just make sure you weigh the pros and cons before jumping ship.
See also: 10 Signs You Should Quit Your Job
Your mind is a powerful thing, and if it constantly says you hate your job, you’re going to be miserable. But if you take a “cup half full” approach and focus on the benefits of your job, it’ll be easier to love — or at least enjoy — your work.