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Wellbeing can be a difficult concept to fully understand. Often, people confuse their wellbeing with their happiness, however while happiness can come and go in a moment, wellbeing is a more stable state of feeling satisfied and contented in your life.

The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index (2014) found that on average, Australians are 76.5% satisfied with their life. This state of wellbeing comes from a number of social, economic, psychological, and medical factors, such as:

• Relationships with family and friends

• The relationship you have with a partner

• Your financial position

• Your health in terms of exercise and diet

• Having enough sleep

• Taking part in hobbies & leisure pursuits

• Having a fulfilling career

• Your ability to adapt to change

• Feeling of a sense of belonging

• Setting realistic and achievable goals

• The society in which you live

It is each individual's combination of these factors that make up their overall wellbeing, and the career that they are in plays a huge part in this.

Career & Wellbeing

Having an enjoyable and fulfilling career that provides a good source of income has been proven to enhance wellbeing, however if you're in the right job, your career can provide so much more.

A good career can fulfill aspects of other wellbeing factors. For example, having a circle of friends (not just colleagues) at work can contribute to your need for social activity and improve your personal relationship network. Furthermore, if you do something you truly love, your career can feel like a hobby, and lessen your need for additional leisure pursuits.

Career & Income

A common misconception many people have, is that their wellbeing will increase exponentially with their income. Having enough money can improve your living conditions and increase your social status, so income is linked to wellbeing. However, it's important to remember that your income can increase your happiness, but only to a point.

Consider the following example: someone working long hours is likely to receive more overtime pay, however they are likely to lack in other factors that contribute to their wellbeing. More time at work means less time to attend social events and pursue leisure activities, and can often cause higher levels of stress. All of these factors can reduce life satisfaction and overall happiness.

With this in mind, it's important that you find a career that enhances your wellbeing. Choose a career that you enjoy, that offers more than just financial stability.

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