"A meaningful life must, in some sense then, feel worthwhile. The person living the life must be engaged by it. A life of commitment to causes that are generally defined as worthy — like feeding and clothing the poor or ministering to the ill — but that do not move the person participating in them will lack meaningfulness in this sense. However, for a life to be meaningful, it must also be worthwhile. Engagement in a life of tiddlywinks does not rise to the level of a meaningful life, no matter how gripped one might be by the game." This is what underlies the difference between the happiest jobs and the most hated jobs.
Clergy: The least worldly are reported to be the happiest of all.
Firefighters: 80 per cent of firefighters are "very satisfied" with their jobs, which involve helping people.
3. Physical therapist
Physical therapists: Social interaction and helping people apparently make this job one of the happiest.
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 teacher
Special education teachers: If you don't care about money, a job as special education teacher might be a happy profession.
Teachers: Teachers in general report being happy with their jobs, despite the current issues with education funding and classroom conditions. The profession continues to attract young idealists, although 50 per cent of new teachers are gone within five years.
Artists: Sculptors and painters report high job satisfaction, despite the great difficulty in making a living from it.
Psychologists: Psychologists may or may not be able to solve other people's problems, but it seems that they have managed to solve their own.
9. Financial services sales agent
Financial services sales agents: 65 per cent of financial services sales agents are reported to be happy with their jobs. That could be because some of them are clearing more than $90,000 dollars a year on average for a 40-hour work week in a comfortable office environment.
10. Operating engineer
Operating engineers: Playing with giant toys like bulldozers, front-end loaders, backhoes, scrapers, motor graders, shovels, derricks, large pumps, and air compressors can be fun. With more jobs for operating engineers than qualified applicants, operating engineers report being happy.