Tens of thousands of people say there's only one thing worse than going to work every day

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The only thing people hate more than going to work is being sick in bed, according to a new survey out of the University of Sussex and London School of Economics.

Using the app Mappiness, researchers began in 2010 to alert users randomly throughout the day with a request to take a short survey and report their feelings at the time they were experiencing them.

The researchers received more than a million observations by tens of thousands of British people, and they found that the effect of working is equivalent to a 7% to 8% reduction in happiness relative to when they're not working.

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Tens of thousands of people say there's only one thing worse than going to work every day

Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers

Stress tolerance: 98.5

Average annual salary (2014): $39,410

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Nurse anesthetists

Stress tolerance: 98.2

Average annual salary (2014): $158,900

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Telephone operators

Stress tolerance: 98.2

Average annual salary (2014): $39,350

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Dancers

Stress tolerance: 97.0

Average annual salary (2014): N/A

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Obstetricians and gynecologists

Stress tolerance: 96.5

Average annual salary (2014): $214,750

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Surgeons

Stress tolerance: 96.2

Average annual salary (2014): $240,440

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Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Stress tolerance: 95.2

Average annual salary (2014): $131,760 

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Healthcare social workers

Stress tolerance: 95.0

Average annual salary (2014): $53,590 

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Phlebotomists

Stress tolerance: 95.0

Average annual salary (2014): $31,890

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Broadcast news analysts

Stress tolerance: 94.7

Average annual salary (2014): $84,380

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Education administrators, preschool and childcare center/program

Stress tolerance: 94.2

Average annual salary (2014): $52,190

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Mental health counselors

Stress tolerance: 94.2

Average annual salary (2014): $43,990

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First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $84,260

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Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $29,410

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General internist

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $190,530

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Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists

Stress tolerance: 94.0

Average annual salary (2014): $53,360

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Chief executives

Stress tolerance: 93.8

Average annual salary (2014): $180,700

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Costume attendants

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $50,270

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Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $43,420

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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Stress tolerance: 93.5

Average annual salary (2014): $219,600

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Child, family, and school social workers

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $46,180

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Correspondence clerks

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $36,240

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Funeral service managers

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $81,080

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Nurse midwives

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $97,700

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Psychiatric aides

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $28,430

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Respiratory therapists

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $58,490

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Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Stress tolerance: 93.3

Average annual salary (2014): $33,400

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People reported they hated working more than doing housework, commuting, waiting in line, and organizing their finances.

This view of work as being pretty miserable is especially interesting considering how positive our long-term view of work is.

Research on subjective well-being indicates that work contributes substantially and positively to our overall life satisfaction and general happiness. And numerous surveys show that people — 86% of US employees, for example — feel satisfied with their current job.

University of Sussex economist Dr. George MacKerron says the app he created offers a different view: "Mappiness is interesting because it quizzes people in the moment, before they get a chance to reach for their rose-tinted glasses."

"Although we may be positive about our jobs when reflecting on the meaning and purpose they give us, and the money they provide, actually engaging in paid work comes at a significant psychological cost," he explains.

The researchers conclude that work itself is so painful that at any given moment, we would rather be doing almost anything else.

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