All other things being equal, the more enjoyable a job is the less it will pay. So, of course, the worst paying jobs in 2010 involved activities that many people would enjoy. These jobs involved kids and family, art and music, food, religion, sports, and nature. The converse of this is that if a job is distasteful it will pay more, and if it involves doing things most people can’t do, so much the better. So naturally the best paying jobs were all in technical fields involving lots of math. (20 Worst-Paying College Degrees in 2010 and Top 20 Best-Paying College Degrees in 2010)
People who find meaning, purpose in their work are healthier, happier, and more productive. Meaning and purpose involve such things as being of service, a sense of community, and/or a sense of appreciation of people. (Spirit At Work – Secret To Workplace Happiness? – Medical News Today) The happiest workers are often in professions that involve teaching, care-giving, protecting, and creative pursuits. For example, ministers live out their convictions by doing meaningful work, and have status within a community that shares their faith. (Looking for Satisfaction and Happiness in a Career? Start by Choosing a Job that Helps Others – Science Daily) Weak social ties at work increase the risk of burning-out. (Weak social ties at workplace increase risk of burn-out - Physorg).
The Work Happy Now blog by Karl Staib is all about how to find work you will be happy doing. His entries discuss such topics as having confidence and taking risks (What is the Underlying Theme in Most Careers?), what makes a career fulfilling (How to Find Career Fulfillment by Joe Wilner), and the importance of having a good attitude (Your Attitude and How it Affects Your Career). Here is the collection of entries by him that all are tagged under “happiness.” This selection of articles covers such topics as tracking your moods, problem solving, getting a happiness coach, connecting with nature, connecting with people you like, being grateful, giving back, and using failures as steps to success. In his collection tagged “emotional intelligence” he discusses such topics as mind training, celebrating your mistakes, and recommends the book “Personal Development for Smart People” by Steve Pavlina.
When you are paid by the hour, your pay will be more salient as a measure of your worth, and therefore there will be a stronger correlation between your income and your happiness. (Hourly Employees Happier than Salaried – Medical News Today)