08/20/2015 11:49 am ET Updated Aug 20, 2016

7 Surprising Benefits of Doing Work You Love

Are you doing work that you absolutely love? If not, why? There are as many answers to this question as the number of people who are asked. So, instead of focusing on the reasons why you are not doing work you absolutely love doing, let's look at the reasons why you should.

1. Your health will improve.
Were you aware that the most common time for a heart attack to occur is on a Monday morning? That is definitely a reason to take notice. There are many stress-related illnesses, both physical and emotional, that can happen if you are doing work you do not enjoy. Your immune system is compromised if you are not happy, and you are more susceptible to all sorts of physical illnesses.

2. Your relationships will improve.
When you are unhappy in your work life, it will spill over into your relationships with your spouse, your kids, and your friends. When you are doing work that you love, you are no longer cynical, irritable, and impatient. People will want to be around you because of your positive attitude and happy disposition.

3. You will have more energy.
If you want to start jumping out of bed excited to start your day, try spending your day doing work that is meaningful and fulfilling. When you are doing something that completely resonates with you, you will have energy all day long and may even need less sleep.

4. Your confidence will improve.
When you are doing the work you were born for, you will be good at it. You will be using your natural talents, interests, and passions. Your confidence will soar because you are doing what comes natural to you.

5. You will enjoy life more.
When you are not happy with your work, your unhappiness and frustration will spill over into all areas of your life. Because it is difficult to compartmentalize unhappiness, all areas of your life will be affected by a negative work experience.

6. You will want to continue learning and growing.
If you are doing work you love, you will want to seek out opportunities for growth. You will want to get better and better. And the more growth and knowledge you gain, the more success will come your way.

7. Your motivation will soar.
If you are happy in your work, you will be self-motivated, which means you will be much more productive than someone who does not like what they are doing.

Because there are so many more benefits to doing work you love than to staying in unfulfilling, unsatisfying work, why don't more people choose to do work they love? This is a question that I keep pondering. I was 40-something before I decided to take the plunge into doing the work that fit my personality, interests, and passions. Since I did, I have never looked back.

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This article was originally published on Seeking Increase.