I am a professor. And I love my job. I’m one of those few fortunate souls who feels as though his job is an expression and extension of himself. When I wake up in the morning, I’m eager to turn on my computer and am regularly chastised by my four-year-old daughter for checking my email or putting a final touch on some work task before she gets to watch Curious George on YouTube. I get excited about teaching my courses and delivering workshops and seminars for employees who might benefit from something I say. And, for me, having a job that allows me to conduct research is like getting paid for engaging in my favourite hobby. I’ve said many times that if I won 50 million dollars in the lottery, I wouldn’t give up being a professor. I love it too much. I’m a very lucky guy. For me, and for many other people, work is a source of tremendous well-being. But what exactly is well being? Are there different types? For what reasons do people typically love their jobs and in what ways do their jobs enhance or detract them from their well-being? This topic confuses people.
Picture this: your loyal communications coordinator arrives at work promptly at 9 am every day. He goes about his tasks and avoids Facebook and Twitter.