If you take a look at most posts about figuring out what job you should do, you’ll find that the majority talk about which jobs will make you the happiest. While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, there’s room for another view — and that is, looking for jobs that help other people. There’s a lot of satisfaction in helping other people become the best, happiest, and healthiest version of themselves! You’ll be making the world a better place, too. But what kind of jobs fulfil this role? We take a look at nine options below.
In the Gym
It’s not easy to get yourself in shape. Even if you want it to happen, that doesn’t normally get you very far — in order to make the most of your time in the gym and so on, you need to know what you’re doing, you need someone pushing you, you need support, essentially. If you have a natural interest in fitness and can comfortably talk with other people, then look into becoming a fitness instructor. You’ll meet with clients, and help them achieve their fitness goals. Plus, bonus: you’ll find that you stay in shape too.
There are a lot of benefits to living in the modern world, but it’d be wrong to suggest that it’s all good. For starters, take a look at the levels of stress that many people are suffering from, and you’ll see that there’s a not insignificant portion of society who need to relax! The art of relaxation is something that’s been lost, however — and we need people who can induce a calm state of mind. One of the best — actually, underrated — ways to relax is to get a massage. If you want to help other people feel relaxed in their body and mind, take a look at some massage therapy information, and becoming a masseuse. Your job will have ripple effects of goodness, too — you’re not just making your client feel good, but they’ll go out and spread those good feelings around, too.
It’s a dangerous old world out there! With all of us pushing ourselves at sports, driving, and all-around just trying to live a full life, there are more incidents and accidents than ever before. And while the human body is resilient, it’s far from invincible. People can get bandaged up and put into a good shape at the hospital, but that’s not going to have an injured person back to their brilliant best. That’s where physiotherapists come in. Look at becoming one, and you’ll be able to help people get back on track after an injury by slowly building up their muscles, giving them advice, and so on.
We’re beginning to understand more and more about how much what we eat influences our bodies and our minds. Indeed, some experts now believe that happiness can be achieved just by eating certain foods. Alas, not everybody has the information they need to eat their way to sound health. Some people were never taught which foods are good, and which are bad. Others have the information, but struggle to put that knowledge to good use. By becoming a dietician, you’ll be helping people to eat better than they’ve ever eaten before. It’s a cornerstone of healthy living — an important job, for sure.
When it comes to making a positive difference in the world, there are no professions more suitable than healthcare. Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, or working behind the scenes, you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your day to day efforts are helping become healthier — and happier too, since this usually follows. If you’ve got an aptitude for helping others and don’t object to long hours and the occasional stressful day, then look at following this route. It’s tough work, but highly satisfying.
In the Booth
We tend to think of jobs that make people happy in terms of professional industries that make a big impact on society. But actually, one of the jobs that make people happy is much smaller. It’s the DJ! There aren’t too many people in the world who can keep the world dancing, laughing, and all-around having a fun time on the dancefloor. Sure, the happiness you give others might be shorter-lived than in other jobs, but it’ll likely be more intense.
Everyone has issues. It’s impossible to go through life without acquiring one problem or another! For most people, these are problems that just in the background — they don’t take up too much headspace, or cause too much trouble. But for some people, this is not the case. The problems that they carry around weigh them down, affecting their relationships, jobs, future — everything. If you’re a naturally sympathetic person and want to help people overcome these issues, look at becoming a therapist.
People have a generally negative view of politicians, and this is sometimes justified. Do they always work for the good of the people, or for the good of themselves? Of course, this doesn’t tell the whole story — there are plenty of people in public service who try to push forward initiatives that lead people to live happier, healthy lives. Indeed, working in public service is one of the best ways to enact change! And actually, it’s not all that difficult to get involved in. Most people think that entering the world politics on any level is not an achievable goal, but this isn’t true. Look at getting involved on a local level, and putting forward ideas that’ll ease the burden for people in your community. It’ll lead to greater happiness.
What better way to earn your living than by helping people to become the healthiest, happiest version of themselves? There are plenty of options for people who want to only look out for themselves. If you’re of a general caring nature, consider one of the positions above. A person’s job satisfaction has a huge bearing on their overall life satisfaction — by helping others, you’ll be ensuring yours is high.