According to the 2014 Today’s Professional Woman Report survey released by Citi and LinkedIn, women are more likely than men—32% vs. 27%—to equate career satisfaction with “making an impact on the world.”
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, professional coach and author of Creating Your Best Life, concurs. People score highest on measures of well-being, she says, when they feel like they’re making a difference in the lives of others. So it’s no wonder teachers, doctors, ministers, and firefighters rate themselves as happier than other professionals.
- Get creative. “Many fields offer opportunities to give back,” says Miller. “Doctors can work for free in disadvantaged areas, CPAs can help the less fortunate with budgeting and taxes, and professional coaches can volunteer their time to assist those who are trying to reenter the workforce.”