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It's no joke being a taxi driver in Britain

TAXI-DRIVERS are Britain's grumpiest workers, according to a survey released yesterday, while secretaries are the happiest.

The gloomy prospect of ferrying around strangers every day makes taxi-drivers laugh less than any other profession, according to the survey of 4,000 workers.

Drivers cited traffic jams, the rising cost of petrol, drunken passengers and frisky couples as reasons not to be cheerful.

Fitness instructors could lighten up too, with just 0.9 percent of them saying they enjoy a giggle in the gym.

Those in recruitment could also do with a good dose of humor, the survey said, as just 3.8 percent laughed regularly during the working day.

By contrast, 53.5 percent of secretaries said they laughed on a regular basis during a working day, with a quarter confessing that most of their amusement comes from watching the stressful lives of disgruntled bosses.

Other workers scoring high on the laughter scale were, perhaps accountants - many of whom said they regularly played pranks to alleviate the daily grind - and teachers.

The results of the survey, conducted for comedy TV channel G.O.L.D. also revealed a correlation between laughter and sickness. The more people laugh, it seems, the fewer sick days they take.


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