Your job only shows who you are if you let it. In American society, when we ask people we’ve just met what they “do,” we expect to hear an answer about their job. Since we spend a good portion of our weeks doing our jobs, it is natural to respond with our jobs as the answer to the “What do you do?” question. However, it is not always necessary to do so.

If you really enjoy your job and are passionate about it, tell the person so who asks you what you do. You have found fulfillment and purpose in your job, and you should be proud of that. If your job brings you a satisfaction that you could not find anywhere else, then say, “I am a…” with confidence.

Money is a bonus of the job, but it doesn’t always make you happy.

Harry Kane

Should you not enjoy your work as much as a person who always wanted to be an artist and now is paid to work as one, you might change how you answer the question. Instead of saying, “I am a…,” try saying, “I work as a…” Follow this statement up with one of your passions or hobbies that actually gives a peek into who you are.

Your view of your job and what you want others to know you as is up to you. Don’t feel constrained to answer the “What do you do?” question in a formulaic way by responding with, “I am a…” If you truly enjoy your job and derive great pleasure from it, you might wish to say, “I am a…”

The next time you hear, “What do you do?” think carefully about your response. How you define yourself is how others will define you, too. You have the option to follow the conventional response to the question and let others know what you do makes you proud by the confidence in your voice and your smile. You can also say, just as happily, “I word as a part-time receptionist. I am a mother to my children.”

You are in control of whether your job says who you are. However. you decide to respond, do so with pride. Let the world know you are thrilled to be who you are, whether you spend 14-hour days doing something you love, or you spend your nights after work reading the latest mystery novels.

Be Happy with Your Job

At some point in their lives, many people find that they hate their jobs. For some people, quitting is simply not an option. Therefore, it is extremely important to find ways to be happy with your job, so you can make a living without stressing out so much that it eventually takes a toll on your health. Here are three ideas to help you learn to be happy with your job.

Focus on the Pros

If you are unhappy with your job, chances are that you are probably unhappy with certain parts of your job. You need to start by identifying the source of your unhappiness. Make a list of all the pros and cons of your job. Then, devise a plan to make sure you spend as much time as possible on the pros. You can create a timeline for each day. On the timeline, you can budget the least amount of time possible to those jobs you hate while you spend more of your time doing what you enjoy doing. Just knowing that you get to move on to something better when you finish an awful task is a great motivator.

Leave the Job at Work

Many people who are unhappy with their jobs tend to bring their stress and anxiety home with them from work. You have to learn to leave your negative feelings at work, so you can be happy at home. You will be surprised to find that once you start letting go of some of the feelings, those feelings don’t have as much power over you. Then, you will begin to feel better about your job.

Change Your Mindset

Another way to find happiness with your job is to change your mindset. Instead of concentrating on what you dislike about the job, decide to enjoy your work. The bad parts of your job will still exist, but how you react to those bad parts is up to you. You can keep a work journal in your desk with a lock on it. When something terrible happens at work or you have a bad day, write about it in the journal. Then, lock the journal and leave your negative emotions inside the journal. Make a conscious decision that you’ll be happy and not stress about problems.

You can be happy with your job. Just keep a positive attitude with a focus on the positive.