Oprah: What Makes a Happy Job?

Are you happy at work?Oprah Winfrey aired a show wanting to know “What makes us Happy?” She posed several questions to her studio audience and together with her guest Dan Buettner, researcher and best-selling author who, together with National Geographic,  recently released a new book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, shared research findings and expert advice.

Here was one question with interesting results.
Which of these jobs is the happiest job in America?

  1. Travel agent
  2. Clergy
  3. Special education teacher
  4. Firefighter

27% of the audience thought it would be a Travel Agent, 7% said Clergy, 54% said Special Education Teacher and 12% thought the Firefighter.

The answer is they all are the Happiest Jobs. What is common amongst these jobs is social interaction. And typically, they all pay less than $50,000 a year!

Dan said Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviewed about a million people and they found that the happiest people get eight hours of social interaction a day.
Dan’s advice is when it comes to work, go after jobs that give you the bliss not what gives you the bucks.

Dan also added another interesting piece of new research.  Joining a club that makes you show up once a month, has the same impact on your happiness as doubling your income.  He clarified he is talking about authentic source of happiness not new shoes.

He said that widening your social circle in an authentic way, has an impact on your happiness equal to doubling your income!

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