Taking a Breather — the Happiness Key Puncher

Billy McDavid
2 min readMar 16, 2022

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

Since so much of our life is spent working or in my case learning lines of clean code, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that being happy in your job is pretty important. As I dig deep into the science of my coding happiness to become a more satisfied developer, and ultimately more successful, software developer, I took a week’s holiday break to boost my performance.

“I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I work too hard — A lack of productivity is often a clear sign of overworking.

Make sure that you take the time you need to rest and recuperate so you can wear your crown with class.

The antidote is taking leave to a regular holiday haunt, with good weather and a minimalist resort, to maintain a successful and healthy mindset for wealth this year.

Happy holidays to you!

Little did I realize exercise and eat for enjoyment and if you happen to eat a little too much, then that’s hunky-dory too. Don’t beat yourself up about it. A little excess is a part of what this holiday is all about.

Actually, from time to time, that’s what life should be about. Denying yourself of all the things you enjoy and living in fear of who you are is not a healthy and sustainable relationship with being a computer jock.

Allowing others to make you feel guilty about the choices you’ve made is not a healthy way to approach life.

A relaxing break can help to facilitate recovery, by returning your mental and psychical functional systems to their baseline. Additionally, a relaxing break can help to reset your mood, thereby promoting positive wellbeing and reducing stress.

Post-leave and having nurtured the balancing of my physical, mental, and digital wellbeing, partly due to my emotional hijacking, I return with much software developer venom, with the ability to enjoy a healthy digital diet, and enhanced academic performance.

To find happiness in your work life, it is important to make sure your goals are achievable in the long term and not forget to take that well-deserved recess from life’s work.