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Living Mindfully When You Don't Like Where You Are

Two of the unhappiest years of my life were when I was teaching. During my first and third year of teaching, I had an extremely difficult teaching schedule (including 6 classes in 6 different classrooms one of those years), an uncaring and sometimes hostile administration, and unpleasant personality clashes with some coworkers.

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But despite how unhappy I was on a day-to-day basis, I did try to focus, when I could, on the things that I did really enjoy about where I was: I loved (most of) my students, I was making good money and using it pay down debt, and I was spending my days thinking, reading, writing, and talking about literature. All of those were good things that would normally help me feel satisfied about my life.


But those really tough years taught me that trying to live, work, and