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Have a Nice Day... or Not?

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“Have a nice weekend,” she said to the clerk.
“I’m working this weekend,” the clerk replied with a sigh as he rolled his eyes.

“Have a nice day,” he said to the waitress.
“I will, starting at 2:00 when I get off work,” the waitress replied.

Were the clerk and the waitress both just having a bad day?  Maybe so.  Or perhaps neither of them is happy at or with their work.  If that is the case, they probably experience some stress, day in, day out, every day they have to go to work.

Whether we are earning a salary or an hourly wage, farming, or otherwise self-employed, our jobs can be a source of stress in our lives. Constant stress, day in and day out, can lead to a myriad of health issues and diseases, including high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to heart problems, strokes and heart attacks; headaches, back pain, ulcers, a weakened immune system which can cause us to become ill more frequently; obesity, asthma, depression, skin rashes, hives, and eczema, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis, sleep disturbances and insomnia. 

Stress can also affect emotions, mood and behavior, which in turn can have a negative impact on our relationships with people we work with, live with, and love.  

No doubt about it, as Chris Sigurdson, vice president for Communications, Office of University Relations, for the University of Arizona has said, “If you love your job, you’re lucky,” referencing people who need and get a sense of service from their job, just as much as they need and get a paycheck.

But what if you are like the clerk or the waitress mentioned above?  What if you don’t particularly like your job?  Sigurdson advises, “If you can learn to love your job, you are wise.” 

How is that done?  One strategy is to set up your own personal challenges and goals to pursue excellence at your job, and consider it good training and preparation for your next job.  Along the way, be sure to establish and cultivate good work habits and attitudes so you are more valuable to your current and future employers. 

A positive attitude can help make your day better.  Maybe you’ve seen the poster that says, “Attitudes are contagious – make sure yours is worth catching.”  Whether it is positive or negative, our attitude has an effect on each of us and on the co-workers, customers, employer, employees, and family members who surround us. 

For more information about managing stress for better health, visit  https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/landing-pages/food-and-nutrition/manage-stress-for-better-health-fs-1730, or request a free copy of the brochure from your county extension office.

References:  http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/extension-homemakers/StressYourBody.pdf; https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/features/manage-stress-for-better-health; and “Settle for More,” Chris Sigurdson, www.agriculture.purdue.edu

PHOTO CREDIT:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/93/Pallas_cat.JPG (downloaded 3-11-16)

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