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coders out there do you find happiness in your job

is it fulfilling both eating wise and happiness wise

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Fred’s Answer

I have enjoyed being a coder. It's a lot like solving puzzles. When you come up with a correct, elegant, and simple solution, it's a great feeling.

IT positions tend to pay fairly well, compared to many other career fields, but I would posit that most people don't go into coding because the money is good. The do it because they enjoy it. Almost no job is worth the salary if you don't enjoy what you are doing.
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Chiranjib’s Answer

Happiness is to be found within, not outside.
But philosophy apart, ideally, any job should provide two things - good learning, and good earning.
If we get both, AWESOME!
But that does not always happen. There is a third component I cherish, "challenges".
I started my career as a developer/coder and then moved on to other roles. Even after 16 years, I enjoy doing hands-on stuff, that challenges me.
I feel a different kind of thrill after solving a complex challenge. Sometimes things do not go my way. I have my bad days and good days.

But I do not let my bad days ruin my good days!! This is very important!!
Overall, I am happy, as of today, at this moment.

Do you code or plan to? Try it and let me know how you feel!
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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Adam,

What an interesting question! Thank you for asking it.

For me, I found out just a couple years ago (in my mid/late thirties) that the purpose to my life is that I need to help others who are in need. And my feeling of being fulfilled at my work depends on if I can view the work that I do as aligning to my life's purpose. Thankfully, at my work, there are plenty of opportunities to help those within my company and outside the company, and so I am very much fulfilled with my work most of my days.

I hope the answer helped Adam!

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Dexter
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Hanley’s Answer

I'm happy with my job, but I don't expect my job to provide me with all my life fulfillment. The idea of finding a job that is "fulfilling" is something of a myth in the US. I used to kayak for a living on some of the best whitewater rivers in the eastern US. It was a fantastic job, but it was still a job and there were days I just didn't want to get out of bed and go to work.

My point is, you need to find a job that is satisfying to you and that gives you what you need to stick with it for the long term, but you also need to live outside of your work if you want to be happy. Don't be discouraged if your job doesn't provide you with total life fulfillment.

Last thought, whenever you hear someone say, "I love my job, I get up every day happy to go to work", they are usually promoting something about their job or lifestyle. I used to say that to people about my kayaking job. It wasn't really accurate, but I did like my job and I loved kayaking and it would have been very counterproductive to say anything else. People who admire what you do don't want to hear that. Saying anything else means you're stuck in a long explanatory conversation that never translates well anyway, so you just say it and move on.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Dear Adam,

Finding joy in your work, especially as a coder, can be influenced by a variety of elements. Many coders derive pleasure and a sense of achievement from tackling intricate problems, designing groundbreaking solutions, and consistently expanding their knowledge and skills in their field. The feeling of triumph that follows the successful completion of a demanding task or project can bring immense joy. Furthermore, the team-oriented nature of coding environments, where individuals frequently collaborate to reach shared objectives, can foster a sense of unity and collective accomplishment.

When it comes to nutrition, it's critical for individuals in all professions, coders included, to strive for a balanced work-life equilibrium. Consuming a balanced diet and looking after one's physical health can greatly enhance overall happiness and job satisfaction. Adequate nutrition not only powers the body and mind for peak performance but also aids in mood regulation and general well-being. Therefore, ensuring that one's eating habits bolster their health and energy levels can have a positive effect on their workplace happiness.

In the end, discovering joy in a coding job is a personal journey that encompasses a mix of factors such as job satisfaction, workplace atmosphere, relationships with coworkers, opportunities for advancement, and self-care routines like adhering to a healthy diet. By giving equal importance to both professional satisfaction and personal health, coders can aim to achieve a harmonious and joyful work life.

Top 3 Authoritative Sources Used:

1. Harvard Business Review
2. Forbes
3. IEEE Xplore

These sources offered valuable perspectives on the factors that lead to job satisfaction and happiness in the workplace, specifically within the tech industry and the coding profession.

May God bless you!
James Constantine.
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