We know a lot about happiness and how to create it. We know a lot about unhappiness, and are all too good at creating it, especially inflicting it on others. This article talks about unhappiness, and gives you some ideas on how to avoid it.

Sources of Happiness

A major source of happiness is meaningful work. Worker tend to be happy. When surveyed around 50% say that they are happy in their work. Even when their jobs are repetitive and relatively low level. It’s the sense of doing something worthwhile, something that matters.

Another source of happiness in work is the prospect of advancement. Moving up to a higher level job with more money. Unfortunately this prospect has been diminishing for some time. (Quote here) But it is still possible.

Poverty Sucks

The most surefire source of unhappiness is poverty. Around 20% if thus country is below the poverty level.

Most Americans will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75.

Recent census data shows that half the population qualifies as poor or low income,[14] with one in five Millennials living in poverty

One organization estimated that in 2015, 13.5% of Americans (43.1 million) lived in poverty. Yet other scholars underscore the number of Americans living in “near-poverty,” putting the number at around 100 million, equating to a third of the U.S. population

A 2013 Brookings Institution study found income inequality was increasing and becoming more permanent, sharply reducing social mobility.

Poverty has been shown to be a major cause of poor health. Financial worries lead to depression and people with inadequate money often scrimp on medical care and do not eat well.

Meaningful Work

So if you want to be happy then work at a job that is meaningful to you. This provides satisfaction for your soul, along with a very good way to avoid poverty. Easier said than done, especially if you lack sufficient education and/or training. So what does a person do if they don’t have enough income, and don’t know how to find a decent job? Or at least a source of income?

Do you own a computer with Internet access? If not, can you get access to one? Local libraries usually provide this. Do a search on job training. You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of opportunities that come up. Answer as many as you can.

Talk to all of your friends and acquaintances and ask them for help. Especially if they are employed. Ask enough people who are currently working to help you and at least one will come up with a company that is hiring people like you. Many companies have training programs. You may already have the skills they need.

Next, if you have the courage, sign up as a driver with Uber or Lyft. It’s hard work and sometimes not very pleasant, but it will provide you with income.

Next, do an Internet search on where the jobs are. Amazon is continually setting up new fulfillment centers and usually needs people. Working conditions are not the best, but you will be bringing in money.

If you are truly courageous you could consider a web based business, which you can run from your home. Call me if you would like a recommendation. This is difficult, takes a while to develop, and is not for everyone.

This articles just begins to cover the subject. If you would like more information go to www.truefortunes.com. You can also email me, david @ truefortunes.com, or call 310-396-5459 and leave a message.

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