The True Cost of Happiness
If you haven't heard it already, you should know that money isn't everything. Keep this in mind as you evaluate your job situation. There are much more important things in life than a job that pays well or has prestige. For example, your happiness and health should come first.
Your job is where you spend most of your waking hours. Therefore, it's a significant part of your life. Even if you just view it as a way to pay the bills, it affects you in many ways. If it makes you unhappy, evaluate the alternatives. How much would you pay to be happy at work? Maybe you can afford it (by taking a lower-paying job that you'll enjoy).
If you're in a high-stress job that you hate, there's probably no good reason. You might tell yourself that it's for the money — but why do you want the money? Perhaps you'd like to lead a comfortable life and retire someday? If so, you may be on the wrong path.
Numerous studies tell us that stress and emotions can affect your health. If you're stressed and unhappy at work, you may be setting yourself up for bigger problems. You may have higher medical expenses down the road (for you as well as your family), which could offset the benefits of your larger paycheck. Keep the big picture in mind and consider the rest of your life as you evaluate your employment situation and choices.