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What makes the difference between good and bad days for you? I used to think this distinction hinged on a balance of good news and caffeine, but lately I’ve noticed that I feel the most happy and fulfilled on days when I simply try really hard at something. After all, good news and fortunate windfalls only effect my mood for a week at most, but the exhilarated feeling that comes from working on an intense project can last months. It is often really hard to get this kind of stimulation when we spend our days at less-than-stellar jobs, but I think the trick is always to seek out new ways to make our work and home lives meaningful to us. When I worked as a copywriter this meant making gym dates before hitting the office each morning, and when I worked as a bartender this meant inventing my own cocktails. I see people I love make life/work changes like this every so often, and the powerhouse of energy they become causes me to trip backwards in awe (except of course, when this life change involves a cult – in this case I stage an intervention, so please say no to the Kool-Aid).

I think this just goes to show that one of the most dangerous things in life is not caring, but one of the boldest yet simplest things we can do is approach our jobs (at home and in the office) with a sense of urgency. As a matter of fact, the 16th president of these here sates couldn’t have said it better…

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln

Psst: I found this sweet photo on One Image. One Day. One Life. via Pinterest. Can’t you almost taste the coffee through the pixels? Even if you are going without coffee and good news right now, how are you making your day brighter? Do you have any tricks for feeling more invested in your work and home lives? Do tell! Leave a comment.

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  • Reply ellie August 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I definitely agree with you. Days when I’m productive and get a lot done seem the most rewarding, and definitely make me happiest. I hate days when I feel completely lazy and uninspired, those are definitely the bad days.


    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté August 31, 2011 at 12:35 am

      Here’s to filling the rest of the week with only inspired, productive days, Ellie. 🙂

  • Reply Wida August 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Good day: I don’t mind getting out of bed.

    Bad day: When getting out of bed is a chore!

    Missing Amsie Blog

  • Reply Anna August 31, 2011 at 1:15 am

    I can’t believe how perfect this post was for me to read on a day like I’ve had today> What brought me to your blog was your fantastic comment on Emily’s blog that I related so much too (& liked it wasnt just a ‘great picks’ comment). I so agree though – with all you have just said. I think that should other things out of my control be happening in my life as long as I’m trying hard at things I can control, work ethic, business, boyfriend, relationships with friends, then I am happier.

    Now I’m off to grab a coffee and have a further read of your blog!

    Anna xo

  • Reply Jennifer R. Coté August 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Wida: I hope today was one of those good days when your feet were simply itching to get out of bed and hit the floor running. 🙂

    Anna: I am so happy to hear that my words felt timely for you, although I’m sorry it sounds like you’ve had a rough day…It really is so easy to fall into the trap of letting good news and bad news determine our moods, but I think the bad-asses and early birds among us all eventually figure out that it’s hard work and effort that yields lasting happiness. Hope your lovely, positive attitude is turning your day around as we speak! 😉

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