Plant people are the happiest people!

Image: Hans Knöchlein, Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Band 2. Nürnberg 1550–1791.

Image: Hans Knöchlein, Hausbuch der Mendelschen Zwölfbrüderstiftung, Band 2. Nürnberg 1550–1791.

I’m happy(!) to be able to non-exclusively reveal to you that gardeners and florists (i.e. people who work with plants!) are officially the happiest workers… in the UK at least. That is the conclusion of City & Guilds – the UK’s ‘leading vocational education organisation’, which is committed to enabling people and organisations to unlock their potential and develop their skills for personal and economic growth – in its Career Happiness Index 2012. Amongst that botanically inclined group, 87% agreed they were happy, and 89% cited doing something ‘worthwhile and useful’ as contributing to that high degree of happiness. ‘Scientists and Researchers’ were only 69% happy (presumably because it was zoologists, physicists, chemists – i.e. non-botanists – who were interviewed…?). And the least-happy group (i.e. most down-in-the-mouth, miserable lot)? Bankers(!) – and which fact has been seized upon as proof that there is in fact a supreme deity ‘out/up there’ who is looking after us all down here… – who are only 44% happy: ‘Result!’ (said a Herr Scha den Freude, ‘diminutive garden denizen’ of Zurich).

[But I bet the bankers will cheer up a bit when they get their massive annual bonuses! – Ed.]

About Nigel Chaffey

Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an amusing, educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.