Years ago I noticed a correlation between expectations and happiness. I see it all the time when I interview candidates and meet with clients. We become unhappy in our jobs when they fail to meet our expectations. Whether that is in terms of the remuneration we think we should be receiving or the way we feel we should be treated. Managers become frustrated with employees who don’t perform to expected levels. The danger is that often our expectations are unrealistic. If we expect more than is reasonably possible, we will always be unhappy. So what can we do to improve our happiness quota? Take a good hard look at whether our expectations are realistic or not and adjust our expectations accordingly. Set reasonable goals for self-improvement, but with the understanding that our job doesn’t necessarily provide for all of our needs and we must pursue things in our spare time that help to fulfill us. Have you ever experienced an expectation adjustment? How did you feel about it?