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Anna – Happiness at Work

The YMCA Education Services (YES!) program just held the Corporate Cup, a 5k race made up of local companies. The event had about 1,300 runners and raised the bulk of the program funds for the year!

I look back and think of all the people that helped the YMCA with the event. I was truly overwhelmed in the days leading up to the event and anyone that reached out a hand to help really, really touched me – thanks VISTA’s and Y staff 🙂 The days leading up the race were this beautiful show of great kindness and generosity from others.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes people happy day-to-day and what makes people happy at work. It led me to think back to a book called the The Art of Happiness at Work by the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler. I wish I had the book in front of me to pull quotes from, but what I remember most is the idea that the people around you and the purpose you derive from your work are the most important factors for work satisfaction.

Working for YMCA YES! is important to keep adult literacy classes running, and that is incredible to know and keep remembering. I admire how hard the teachers work in the classroom, how passionate they are, and I always leave in awe of them. I also feel so lucky to have such a good boss. There’s laughter to hear and jokes to be made everyday at the office.

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Ps. this kid had the best 5k situation goin’ on!

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