The gist: The recession has left more Americans dissatisfied with their professional lives than ever before, says Lyubomirsky. Yes, this may be the result of lower pay and longer hours. But it might also be that we get used to the positive parts of our jobs and very quickly take them for granted.
One weird thing to do that may actually work: Create a work-specific gratitude list that keeps track of what you like—and maybe even love—about your job: the open attitude about bringing up new ideas, say, or a take-home laptop. If you're one of those people who lists your gratitude right before bed, please be aware that your spouse may be slightly alarmed should he hear you whispering in the dark: All-you-can-drink gourmet hazelnut creamer. Kind boss. Free Post-its.