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The Ten Happiest Jobs: And the winner is?

September 15, 2011


A priest baptizes a boy during the Easter Vigil. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

When I saw a Facebook link to a recent article in Forbes magazine about “The Ten Happiest Jobs,” I checked to see if “editor” made the list. It didn’t. But I also was happy to see that it didn’t make the other list, further down in the same article, of the “ten most hated jobs.” In my book, being the editor of a diocesan newspaper is a great job.

But the winner in the happiest jobs ranking? Clergy.

“The least worldly are reported to be the happiest of all,” the magazine said. Most of the priests and deacons that I know enjoy their “jobs” — really vocations. They love to serve God and his people, particularly at significant points in their lives: baptisms, weddings and funerals, among others.

The list of happiest jobs is mostly devoid of the ones that pay the most or enjoy the highest social status. You’ll find more of those on the “hated” list. Why? In the end, job satisfaction doesn’t hinge on money or prestige. People are fulfilled when they are doing something worthwhile — when they have a job they feel makes a difference in the world.

Where would you rank your job?

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