The old saw "money can't buy happiness" apparently holds true when it comes to work.
Highly-paid professionals like doctors and lawyers didn't make the cut when researchers set out to find the most satisfied workers.
Clergy ranked tops in both job satisfaction and general happiness, according to the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Physical therapists and firefighters were second- and third-ranked in job satisfaction, with more than three-quarters reporting being "very satisfied."
Other occupations in which more than 60 percent said they were very satisfied included teachers, painters and sculptors, psychologists and authors."
The most satisfying jobs are mostly professions, especially those involving caring for, teaching and protecting others and creative pursuits," said Tom W. Smith, director of NORC's General Social Survey, a poll supported by the National Science Foundation.
The worker satisfaction study, set for release Tuesday, is based on data collected since 1988 on more than 27,500 randomly selected people.
For the most satisfied workers, intrinsic rewards are key, the study suggests."They're doing work they're very proud of, helping people," Smith said.
Clergy ranked by far the most satisfied and the most generally happy of 198 occupations.Eighty-seven percent of clergy said they were "very satisfied" with their work, compared with an average 47 percent for all workers.
Sixty-seven percent reported being "very happy," compared with an average 33 percent for all workers.
Jackson Carroll, Williams professor emeritus of religion and society at Duke Divinity School, found similarly high satisfaction when he studied Protestant and Catholic clergy, despite relatively modest salaries and long hours."
They look at their occupation as a calling," Carroll said. "A pastor does get called on to enter into some of the deepest moments of a person's life, celebrating a birth and sitting with people at times of illness or death. There's a lot of fulfillment."
Monday, April 30, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
"Every year, some 2,765,100 church attenders in Europe and North America cease to be practicing Christians," notesBooks & Culture editor John Wilson, citing the World Christian Encyclopedia. That's five Christians every minute slipping into practical apostasy. Meanwhile, the church in Africa alone is growing by a net result of three new believers every minute.
This study's results indicate the need to revise evangelistic strategy. The Arns recommend abandoning manipulative coercion and viewing evangelism as a process rather than a one-time gospel presentation. They also believe evangelism should be fundamentally relational and tied closely to the church. For if the church community doesn't befriend and incorporate believers within the first six months of their spiritual life, the church will likely see new converts become apostate dropouts.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
"This being Easter, Jesus was with me every step. I felt him. It was awesome. Today was a day of perseverance and patience, I guess. I just feel very blessed and very honoured."
Johnson said after being awarded the winner's green jacket: "I don't hit it far, I can't overpower a course, but I think I am mentally tough. I had a lot of people giving me some good words of wisdom and I felt like there was certainly another power that was walking with me and guiding me. It is amazing what God can do. I tried to be non-emotional out there - that was one of my goals - and I just tried to stay in the present and go through my processes."
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Q. Did you use any routines or techniques to kind of calm and center yourself either when you went home at night this week or on the course in such a pressure situation?
ZACH JOHNSON: You know, I have little things that I tell myself about my round, about my day. Really, nothing changes from week-to-week. It could be a Thursday at a random tournament, it could be a Sunday obviously at Augusta. I say the same things to myself, just how to approach each shot, how to approach each hole.
Today, the only thing different was the fact that it was Easter. I felt like regardless of what happened today, my responsibility was to glorify God and hopefully He thinks I did.
Friday, April 06, 2007
On top of that and all the Easter preparations, a friend of mine, Margo McCoy, died Tuesday. I did the funeral today. I've done tons of funerals. I can whip out funerals for strangers with little emotional drainage. But when I have to bury a friend, it takes me through the ringer. At the same time, its such an honor to be in a place where I can serve Christ by performing funerals for people who are special to me.
One good thing about this week is that Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Taurean Green are leaving the Florida Gators to go to the NBA. I know they're good, but they're so cocky. I'm glad I won't have to watch them play NCAA basketball next year. I'm sorry, but that little shoulder wiggle thing that Al Horford did in front of the camera in the Championship game almost made me throw up - literally. I don't care much about the NBA, so I think I can avoid seeing the Horford shoulder wiggle again for the rest of my life.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
5. "The right and true Christian faith is" (to go on in the words of our own Church), "not only to believe that Holy Scripture and the Articles of our Faith are true, but also to have a sure trust and confidence to be saved from everlasting damnation by Christ. It is a sure trust and confidence which a man hath in God, that, by the merits of Christ, his sins are forgiven, and he reconciled to the favour of God; whereof doth follow a loving heart, to obey his commandments."I think he got this definition from here.