In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: They must not do too much of it: And they must have a sense of success in it. -- John Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelitism, 1850
Isn't it funny--that Ruskin would note this in 1850--but I supposed that was in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, and there were many new ways for people to work; and consequently, many new ways for people to be unhappy in their work. How seldom all three things come together for a person! How many people do we know that DON'T like their work? But just slog away, with their eyes on retirement, or on winning the lottery.