The average American spends a lot of time at work -- more than 1,800 hours a year. But how many of those hours are spent daydreaming about being somewhere (or anywhere) else?
A lot of things play a role in your job satisfaction besides the actual work itself. Your emotions, skills, financial needs and performance are just some of the factors that make or break a job.
Remember: Not everyone loves every aspect of their job. It's a matter of finding strong positive points that you can focus on.
If you feel like you don't have any positive aspects of your work that you can hone in on or your work is making you feel physically ill on a regular basis, re-start the search and find a job that will kick your negativity and give you challenges and sense of value you need to like what you do for a living.
Take this quiz to find out how satisfied you are with your career:
1. You make positive comments about your job when people ask what you do or how work is going.
2. You have developed a positive relationship with your co-workers, or at least learned how to deal with each other's different personalities.
3. You feel included in decision-making and truly believe that your opinion matters at work.
4. The people you work with treat you as an equal, even though you may have less experience.
5. Even when you're not at your job, you sometimes do positive brainstorming about your work.
6. You have managed to find a balance between work and personal life and it doesn't involve losing too much time with either one.
7. You've accumulated overtime because you were so into the work you were doing that you lost track of time.
8. People look to you for advice at work.
9. You're ready and even excited for the upcoming projects you'll be working on.
10. Your supervisor is supportive and offers you good advice and opportunities for furthering your education in your field.
11. You feel positive about what the company is doing, and feel that you really make a difference or contribution.
12. Even though you could use some more money, your rate of pay seems fair.
13. You are learning things that really help you with your career.