“What do you do? That’s often one of the first questions people ask when they meet someone new – not surprising given that most adults spend most of their waking hours at work and that our jobs can influence our lives even outside the workplace.

Several recent studies have concentrated on a particular aspect of work: finding meaning in it. Through their research, experts have gleaned new insights, showing that meaningful work is good for the worker and for the company – and that even employees in tiresome jobs can find ways to make their duties more meaningful.”

“Work can make people miserable. Losing work can make people pretty unhappy, too,” says Michael F. Steger, PhD, an associate professor of counseling psychology and applied social psychology at Colorado State University. “So are there ways to use work to improve lives?”

Kirsten Weir has posted a bite sized and readable abstract on the American Psychological Association (ASA) website:  “More than job satisfaction, Psychologists are discovering what makes work meaningful — and how to create value in any job” which you can read and download for free here: link.