Happiness or Financial Stability?

When it comes time to find a job, there are preferences people keep in mind, such as length of commute and level of flexibility.

However, there are two key preferences that most people prioritize above all else: happiness and financial stability. In other words, you want to work in an environment that makes you feel comfortable and provides for your lifestyle.

But, can job really have both? Do you have to choose between happiness and financial security?
Fareedat Adeleke, a sophomore biology student, believes that financial stability is more important than finding happiness in a job. She said that many people take on jobs to support themselves and their loved ones.

“I feel like if you’re more financially stable, your mental health is better, and you feel as though you have your life together,” Adeleke said, adding that flexibility and location are other importance factors to consider as well.

On the other hand, Ky’mar Ponds, an Asbury Park home-based tattoo artist, believes that happiness is more important. According to Ponds, happiness secures satisfaction in a position. He said, “With financial stability, you will be able to pay your bills and everything, but you won’t fully be you.”

Madison Patterson, a sophomore biology student, agrees with Ponds; however, she doesn’t see how the two are mutually exclusive.

She said, “There are many jobs that you can enjoy that still have decent pay.” Patterson prioritizes fulfillment and security in a job.

I think most people can agree that the two factors are related. Further, you can have a job that is both fulfilling and pays well. You should want to be somewhere happy but wealthy as well. Some people look for things like teamwork in a job and a relationship with their coworkers.

Come to think about it, it may be possible that one can’t survive without the others. You have those that prioritize one over the other but, in the end, they are very similar to each other.