Happy is a better job.

Strolling around Hong Kong Island while on a recent trip, I spotted this bus and its advertisement for a job website read: “Happy is a better job.” It stopped me in my tracks. I read it a couple of times and I think I did so aloud.

It was a reminder that I should feel happy about and have a sense of fulfillment in the work I do. I shouldn’t dread the time I spend at a job, rather I should enjoy my work environment in lieu of wondering more days than not the following:

  1. What am I doing here?
  2. Is it normal to wake up everyday dreading to go to work?
  3. What are my future prospects if I stay here?

If you will recall from my post, Taking Time to Make Things Happen, I decided not to renew my last work contract. So seeing this advertisement felt like validation that I was making the right decision.

When I really think about it, one of our most important jobs in life should be to cultivate happiness because whatever makes you happy is for the betterment of your life, including those around you, like your family. And for me, I knew I needed to step away from what had become a daily dread to pursue other endeavors.

While it is more easy to do the safe thing over letting something go (e.g. an unfulfilling, but stable job) to do what some would perceived as taking risks into a sea of uncertainty. There are times when we have to just faithfully look pass any perceived risk and take leaps of faith towards manifesting our aspirations. 

You’ve heard it before. Life happens outside of your comfort zone. And currently, I am outside of mine in the pursuit of fulfillment, trying to figure it all out in the midst of challenges. But my focus is on what the result will be, a more happy me who can pour that happiness into my family and others.

What are some leaps of faith you have taken (or would like to take) to cultivate a better life for yourself? I would love to hear about them, please comment and share below.

*Originally published on November 25, 2015

I am an American living in South Korea and the creator of Allured Abroad, an expat lifestyle blog focusing on expat family life, parenting abroad, and raising multicultural kids. I’ve been living abroad for nearly five years and what I have realized through travel and cultural immersion is that we’re just one in 7+ billion people. With so much variation in the world, what are the possibilities?


  1. I totally get this. I just turned down a 9-5 offer for following the beat of my own drum recently. After that, I panicked for a bit, but ultimately knew it was the right thing for me. You keep doing you. <3

    • Hello, Meghan! Thank you so much for the encouragement. I think following the beat of our own drums is necessary, even if we have some initial reservations. Because otherwise, we may take something our heart wasn’t really into and later feel stuck and wonder what if I waited for what I really wanted. Wishing you the best in whatever it is you wish to do!

  2. Hello Tabitha! I have to say that I’m taking a leap of faith now. After teaching English overseas, I’m attempting to learn a new trade so that I can become a digital nomad. This may take a few years, but I refuse to chain myself to another teaching contract. This kind of work is great for some, but it’s not for me.
    Best wishes to you in your teaching career! I’ll be reading 🙂

    • Hello, Melissa! Thanks for visiting and commenting. We have something in common in that we believe teaching English overseas has its season. I didn’t renew my last contract because I wanted to pursue to working towards creating a better job for myself. I wish you much success in becoming a digital nomad. And I too will be following your journey. Please stay in touch.

  3. I completely agree with you. Happiness is everything so sometimes it is necessary to make changes to validate and increase your very own happiness! I’m thankful I’ve found your blog!

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