Thursday, 15 September 2011

Working towards happiness

I read today that a recent survey suggests that these are the ten happiest jobs:
1. Clergy - according to Forbes, this is the happiest profession. OK - maybe they didn't interview the guy on the left...
2. Firefighters: Eighty percent of firefighters are “very satisfied” with their jobs.
3. Physical therapists: Social interaction and helping people apparently make this job one of the happiest.
4. Authors: For most authors, the pay is ridiculously low or non-existent, but the autonomy of writing down the contents of your own mind apparently leads to happiness.
5. Special education teachers: If you don’t care about money, a job as special education teacher might be a happy profession.
6. Teachers: Teachers in general report being happy with their jobs, despite the current issues with education funding and classroom conditions. .
7. Artists: Sculptors and painters report high job satisfaction, despite the great difficulty in making a living from it.
8. Psychologists: Maybe there is nothing like hearing about other people's problems to give you a positive slant on your own.?
9. Financial services sales agents: Sixty-five percent of financial services sales agents are reportedly happy with their jobs.
10. Operating engineers: It is also one of the few professions where jobs available still outnumber applicants.

I was quite taken with the above list of happiest jobs, which I found on Stuarts E-church blog. The fact that
vicars and special needs teachers are all so happy does warm the cockles of the heart; it also supports the view held here on Significant Truths that happiness, boys and girls, is not found in nasty things like money but in a sense of vocation and  in selfless acts of love and self expression...:)

As with life in general, there are always a few flies in the ointment. For example, the fact that teachers generally report job satisfaction has to be balanced against the hard reality that fifty percent of new recruits leave the profession within five years (hmmmm), while the tales of clergy contentment have to also be balanced against reports that it is a profession very vulnerable to isolation and bullying - as discussed on Bishop Alan's blog.
Also, how come sixty five percent of financial advisors are happy? That means people who chose to deal in the filthy lucre are really quite pleased with the fact. If there is any justice, shouldn't they be wallowing in a pit of their own misery? What about the other twenty-five percent? Perhaps they are the ones with a conscience?


  1. As an evangelical, I am ecstatic that I am superior to everyone else. We ministers have the satisfaction that being straight, bible-believing puritans, we are destined for glory. There is no one happier than a happy-clappy contributor to Anglican Mainstream. What could be more satisfying than being a smug bigoted prat who suffers no contradiction?

  2. How fortunate that this blog is tailor made for straight, evangelical, happy clappy bigots such as yourself, Fr Oder.