3 Ways a Job Adds Value to Your Life

It’s often easy to come up with reasons you don’t like your job or to think of all the things you could do if you didn’t have to go to work, but it’s important to focus on the positives that a job provides. There are many ways that a job is good for you, some that are obvious and some that are not. 

1. Benefits

The most obvious way a job adds value to your life is that it provides income. No matter the type of job you have, whether it be full-time or part-time, you will be making money which will help you pay for expenses and buy things you enjoy. Another way a job is good for your life is that many jobs provide benefits like health, vision and dental insurance as well as retirement plans or even various types of discounts. All of these things can be especially helpful when it comes to jobs for disabled seniors. Both those who are elderly and those with disabilities often require more medical care than others, so having insurance as well as a good income is vital for them. 

2. Mental Health

Human beings are social creatures, we need relationships with other people in order to be fulfilled and maintain our mental health. A job is a great place to meet people with whom you already have something in common, your job. Without a consistent connection to your community, it can be easy to become isolated and that isolation can lead to depression and loneliness. It can be difficult to form a genuine connection with people during a quick trip to the grocery store or while running errands, but if you have a job that you attend on a regular basis those relationships will be far easier to form and maintain. Having a job, no matter what that job may be, also provides a sense of purpose. Every job exists because there is a need to be filled. Knowing that you are fulfilling this need and doing something that benefits society as a whole will and should make you feel a great sense of pride. This sense of purpose and pride is also important for your mental health.

3. Physical Health

Working is good for your physical health as well. Staying busy and active is important to keep your body in good shape. Those who work tend to take fewer medications and have a longer life expectancy, they also report feeling better overall. Having a job is also likely to keep you on a regular schedule and help you maintain a regular routine as far as eating and sleeping which is good for your physical health too. 

It’s important to find a job that suits your skills and strengths and one that allows you to maintain a healthy balance between work and other activities in your life. While you may not land the ideal job right away, you will eventually find a job that fits well into your life and you will easily see the value it brings. 

Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

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