I hear a lot of people complaining about life these days. I don’t understand this. Yes, there are a lot of things wrong with the world right now, but there are a lot of things right with the world, too. How happy you depend largely on what you focus on or where your mindset is.
I hear a lot of people complaining about work. Either they have traditional jobs that they don’t like or they are freelancers or digital nomads that are complaining because it’s just too hard. They’re having trouble finding work or they’re feeling isolated.
I think if you aren’t happy in this day and age, you just aren’t focusing on the right things, whatever your work situation is. And any time I hear a freelancer or digital nomad complaining, I think, “what are you talking about? Your life is amazing!”
If you have a negative mindset, here is an opportunity for you to change your perspective and think about all the wonderful things about your lifestyle. Here are nine reasons to be grateful for the life you’re living:
1. You have The Freedom to Work Whenever You Want
You don’t have to get up at any particular time. You can go to the store in the middle of the day on Tuesday. You can work nights and weekends if you want to.
You can literally work any time you want to. That has never been true before. Think about what people in 1965 would say if you told them they could work whenever they felt like it.
Some people who work remotely do still have to abide by certain hours, but there has never been as much freedom and flexibility as there is currently. Even if you have a more traditional job, employers have never been more flexible than they are now.
Everyone is plugged in or connected to their phones or the internet most of the time. No one cares if you’re sending e-mails at 2:00 in the morning on a Saturday.
2. You Can Work From Anywhere
All you need is a laptop and an internet connection, and you can work anywhere you want to. From the coffee shop, from the pool, from the RV, from the communal workspace, from the home office, wherever.
You have the ability to travel to other states, other countries, entirely different continents if you want. You can work from hotel rooms, hostels, and cafes.
Just think about that. Don’t take that for granted. That has never been true at any other time in history! You have the freedom to go anywhere you want to. How amazing is that?
3. The Technology Has Never Been Better
Technology keeps getting better and better. You can have video conferences. You can share screens across thousands of miles. You can connect with and communicate with anyone in the world in a matter of seconds.
We don’t even know what kind of technological advances we will see in the next five or ten years. As Orleans Marketing says, “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist using technologies that haven’t been invented; in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.”
And with artificial intelligence, technology continues to get better and better. People are able to work faster and more efficiently. AI is able to increase productivity by 40%. We’re just at the beginning of the AI technological revolution.
4. There Have Never Been As Many Digital Nomads As There Are Today
According to Global Workplace Analytics, the remote workforce has grown by 159% since 2005. You should never feel alone or isolated because you aren’t.
I’ve met quite a few freelancers, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs, and most of them are some of the most positive people I’ve ever come across before. Being around them makes me feel like anything is possible. Because really it is.
With the internet, it’s easy to connect with these people. Whether you’re joining Facebook groups or listening to podcasts or connecting on forums like Nomadlist, it’s never been easier to communicate with other like-minded people who are doing the same thing you’re doing.
5. There Are So Many Opportunities For Work
In 2018, 35% of Americans did freelance work. That number is up 7% since 2013. Whether you’re looking on Freelancer.com, Upwork, or even Fiverr, there has never been as many opportunities to work as there are currently.
As of July 2019, there were 7.3 million job openings in the United States. And even if you get a more traditional job, more and more employers are beginning to let their employees work remotely or telecommute.
40% more employers are offering remote options than five years ago. Even though some people aren’t complete digital nomads yet, more and more people are at least partial digital nomads.
6. Every Day, Social Media Is Expanding
Social media is connecting everyone in the world, transforming every kind of business. In 2019, the number of social media users has increased 9% from last year and is up to 3.484 billion people. This number keeps growing.
It used to be a real struggle for freelancers to obtain new clients or publicize their endorsements from current clients. But like every other business, this has been radically transformed by social media.
Social media gives freelancers and digital nomads the opportunity to network with each other, keep their clients engaged, find new clients, and build their reputations. Every “like” on a freelancer’s Facebook page or LinkedIn endorsement is a recommendation.
7. You Can Document Your Awesome Life
Twitter, Instagram stories, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, YouTube channels. There have never been as many ways to document how amazing life is: all the places you are traveling, all the incredible people you meet, all of the new activities you get to try.
Studies have shown, it’s actually good for your health to document your life. It can give you a chance to reflect on your life and become more aware of your own self-improvement and growth.
Documenting your life—whether you’re doing so in a public way on social media or in a private blog you only share with select family and friends—is a great thing to do. You’ll be able to look back on memories later in life, remember things you may have otherwise forgotten, and cherish the moments more.
8. Experiences Are Better Than Things
There are loads of studies that show that experiences will make you happier than things. We know that after your basic needs are met, having more money won’t necessarily make you happier.
Physical objects can make us happy for a time, but then we adjust to them. Whereas experiences like concerts or vacations become a part of ourselves, and the memories can make us happier than collecting a lot of physical objects.
So being a digital nomad may mean that you don’t get that new car or flashy new home, but you’ll be able to travel the world, which could potentially make you happier than those things would.
9. You can Find Happiness
What do you need to be happy? Some people need therapy, self-improvement books, inspirational music or movies, meditation, and positive influences. These things have never been more accessible. It’s never been easier to find your own happiness.
The internet has given us the ability to find therapists and counselors. Even if there aren’t a lot of counselors in your town, you can speak to a therapist remotely.
You can turn on Netflix and watch an inspirational movie. You can turn on Spotify and listen to meditation music at any time. You can get free self-improvement books on your Kindle instantly. You can go on YouTube and watch TED talks. You can turn on a positive podcast. There are a million things you can do to be a happier person.
Personally, I worked as a digital nomad/freelancer for almost five years. I have recently taken on a more traditional job with a marketing agency, but that works for me. I still feel free because I’m doing something that I love to do. And in a way, the structure of working specific hours Monday through Friday gives me more freedom than I had when I was working basically around the clock as a freelancer.
And one of the great things about the culture in today’s marketing world—whether you work as a digital nomad or you work a 9 to 5—everyone has the freedom to find the right situation and lifestyle for them. If you don’t love your job, you can get a new one. If you want to be a full-time freelancer, you can. If you have a more traditional job, but you want to telecommute or work remotely, more and more employers are making that possible.
Today is the best time there has ever been to be in the workforce. And that is something we should all be grateful for.
About The Author: Sara Crawford is a digital content strategist for WT Digital Agency and an author from Atlanta, Georgia. She has written novels, produced her own plays, and performed as a singer/songwriter. She is passionate about the act of creation, and she adores the written word.
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