Wake up and find your happiness – Day 15/139

I don’t love my job but I still want to do it well

If that sounds like you, then this post is especially for you. One of my readers pointed me to an e-book Työn hyväksikäyttö (utilization of work) by Sampsa Kiianmaa. This book is about the purpose of life. How to find your own purpose and achieve happiness.

Most people consider work to be the most important part of their life. Seeking employment is seen as the ultimate challenge. People optimize their life and studies to make themselves best suited for getting a “great” job.

Now, think about what really counts in your life

Kiianmaa has realized the importance of happiness. What really makes you happy? How would you like to be remembered when you grow old? Who would really answer that they want to be remembered by their material possessions? Still that seems to be the one and only form of achievement in this rat race we call life.

How can I find my happiness?

You are happy when you can utilize your strengths in whatever you do. Kiianmaa links to a test you can take to determine the strengths that are behind your happiness. The test is called VIA Survey of Character Strengths. But a word of caution to all you busy people: taking the test takes over 30 minutes and you will need to register to the website to take it. After registration you will see plenty of tests but take the one I named here that has 240 questions.

And now what?

You will receive a result of your top #5 strengths. Think about them. Do you live your life for the things that make you happy?

And finally, I dare you to post your result here as a comment. I have to say that this test worked for me.

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9 responses to “Wake up and find your happiness – Day 15/139

  1. Your Top Strength
    Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Your Second Strength
    Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
    You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

    Your Third Strength
    Capacity to love and be loved
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Your Fourth Strength
    Perspective (wisdom)
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Your Fifth Strength
    Self-control and self-regulation
    You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.

  2. Your Top Strength
    Industry, diligence, and perseverance
    You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you “get it out the door” in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.

    Your Second Strength
    Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

    Your Third Strength
    Curiosity and interest in the world
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

    Your Fourth Strength
    Zest, enthusiasm, and energy
    Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

    Your Fifth Strength
    Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
    You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

  3. Your Top Strength
    Appreciation of beauty and excellence
    You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

    Your Second Strength
    Curiosity and interest in the world
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

    Your Third Strength
    Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Your Fourth Strength
    Gratitude
    You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

    Your Fifth Strength
    Humor and playfulness
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

  4. This was an awesome test. Thanks for the heads-up Petteri.

  5. I’m not 100% sure of the order of those strengths, I might have put them a bit different order myself 🙂

    It is really interesting to see how we really do have different set of skills/strengths. I think that is one of the most important things when we have a good group. With good leading, people can reinforce each other and result can be something unbelievable.

    Your Top Strength

    Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
    You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

    Your Second Strength

    Capacity to love and be loved
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Your Third Strength

    Humor and playfulness
    You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

    Your Fourth Strength

    Zest, enthusiasm, and energy
    Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

    Your Fifth Strength

    Gratitude
    You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.

  6. Your Top Strength

    Curiosity and interest in the world
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
    Your Second Strength

    Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
    Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
    Your Third Strength

    Love of learning
    You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
    Your Fourth Strength

    Perspective (wisdom)
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
    Your Fifth Strength

    Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

  7. Your Top Strength
    Capacity to love and be loved
    You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.

    Your Second Strength
    Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Your Third Strength
    Curiosity and interest in the world
    You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

    Your Fourth Strength
    Forgiveness and mercy
    You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

    Your Fifth Strength
    Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
    You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

  8. Your Top Strength

    Creativity, ingenuity, and originality
    Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

    Your Second Strength

    Perspective (wisdom)
    Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.

    Your Third Strength

    Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
    You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

    Your Fourth Strength

    Bravery and valor
    You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

    Your Fifth Strength

    Social intelligence
    You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.

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