Gregg Nunney: Can you be happy in your work?

Can you be happy in your work, wonders Gregg
Can you be happy in your work, wonders Gregg

It was International Happiness Day last week.

To mark this the Cabinet Office released a list of the professions that are most – and least – likely to put a smile on our faces and have us skipping through the fields with a song in our hearts.

Apparently if you’re in agriculture or a chief executive then you’re as content as can be. The single happiest job is being a member of the clergy, but I would argue that that depends on what your particular beliefs are.

Company secretaries and quality assurers make up the rest of the top five. When it comes to the unhappiest professions, pub landlords lead the list, with construction workers, debt collectors, cleaners and tilers making up the numbers.

What do you think?

I can’t see any way that it’s possible to compare any of those jobs like-for-like – apart from maybe the clergy and pub landlords (you’ll have to go with me on this).

Both are roles that involve dedicating your life to a cause. I would imagine that being a Reverend is a 24-hour job and, what with the f act that you live on site and work morning, noon and night, so is being a publican.

Jobs that take over your life are stressful and there are times you want to tear your hair out but when they’re a part of you, that’s easier said than done.

The survey says it’s not all about the money, it’s about knowing that you’re doing something that benefits other people as well as yourself but I think that sums up a tiler more than it does a CEO, and look which list both of those professions appear on.

Of course there is no hard and fast rule. We all have to work and if we’re lucky enough to find a job that we enjoy then it’s certainly a bonus.

At the end of the day, though, we have to make what we can out of life and we may as well do it with a smile on our face, as we never know when “last orders” will be called!