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5 Ways to Discover True Happiness After Getting Fired


Is it possible to be happier after you get fired? It is if you look at things from the right perspective.

When Amy Shouse of LearnVest lost her gig as vice president of a marketing firm, she could have lost more than just her job. After working for the company for twenty years, she probably feared losing her identity, her self-respect, or even her mind. Instead, she assembled a five-step “dignity plan” — and embarked on a new career as a full-time writer.

1. Say It Loud, Say It Proud: “I Got Fired”

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Shouse’s outlet of choice was her journal. Venting her frustrations allowed her to move on faster.

2. Make Time to Do Nothing or What You’ve Never Had Time to Do

Most of us never have a chance to stop and relax and regroup. If you’re let go, give yourself time to grieve before moving on. There’s a big difference between wallowing and decompressing.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

Make lists of dream companies and dream jobs. Shoot for the stars. Instead of editing as you go, dream as big as you possibly can. Then ask yourself what you’d need to do to be the perfect candidate for those careers.

4. Do Five Things a Day That Will Get You Closer to Your Dream Job

Shouse calls it the “Five Actions Each Day Rule.” We like it because it’s effective, but also makes you feel like you’re getting something done, which probably goes a long way toward staving off post-employment depression.

5. Remember Who You Are

This is a tough one for folks who’ve worked for one company for a long time. It might take a while to separate your authentic self from your corporate persona. But now’s the time to put in the work.

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Having left a position recently and not finding too many opportunities in health & safety makes it difficult to see the end of the forest for the trees!   I left an organization that was simply a poor fit with my beliefs in treating people fairly.   So how does one become happy, in my case to find a position to be busy and have some income where there are few opportunities and many qualified individuals?  Being happy at not having to… Read more »

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