Smiles better: Secretaries are Britain's most cheerful workers

Secretaries are Britain's most cheerful workers while taxi drivers are the grumpiest, a study claims. More than half – 53.5 per cent – of secretaries laugh each working day.

And 25.8 per cent of secretaries admit they have a giggle at their boss's expense, finding it amusing when they get stressed out.

Eight per cent burst into laughter at least ten times a day.

By comparison, only 0.4 per cent of cabbies say they enjoy a chuckle while driving around, blaming traffic jams, the rising cost of petrol and drunken passengers for their ill humour.

Housewives and househusbands (47.9 per cent), shopkeepers (45.3 per cent), and teachers (42.5 per cent) all enjoyed a laugh while working.

Accountants belied their strait-laced image, with 32.5 per cent saying they laugh a lot in the office.

The survey of 4,000 British workers found that other grumps at work include fitness instructors (0.9 per cent) and undertakers (1.6 per cent).

Those paid to perform or entertain, such as comedians, actors, singers and dancers, are seemingly miserable, with only 2.1 per cent genuinely enjoying a giggle while working.

The survey also revealed an apparent link between laughter in the workplace and good health.

Housewives and secretaries take an average of 2.1 and 2.8 days off sick a year respectively. Undertakers, meanwhile, take an average of 4.6 days.

Paul Moreton, head of TV comedy channel G.O.L.D., which commissioned the survey, said: 'People who laugh regularly at work are not only happier but also more productive in the workplace.'

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