TEACHERS enjoy their work so much that they laugh out loud on average once every seven minutes, claims a survey.
The idea of classroom teaching as a "daily grind" is outdated, a study published by the Training and Development Agency for Schools says.
Teachers break into a smile about 10 times every 30 minutes and enjoy what was described as "two- way banter" with children on average every six minutes.
Researchers at CrossLight Management Ltd surveyed 1,000 teachers in June and July.
Nearly half of those surveyed said they regularly experienced "highs" during their work, compared with about a third of people in other professions.
The research found 63% of teachers said they were often or always totally immersed in their work.
And 20% said they never thought about anything other than the work they were engaged in at the time.
Eight out of 10 teachers said the best aspect of their work was engaging with young people.