According to Wikipedia, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Intense joy was not always something I felt while teaching, but I know I always felt pleasure while in the classroom and while interacting with my students and my colleagues. This happiness flowed helped me became what I hoped was a good teacher.
Unhappiness , or depression, is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can have a negative effect on a person's thoughts, behavior, world view, and physical well being. Depressed people often lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable. Many of today's teachers are in a state of depression caused by conditions around them. Many are caused by the administration. School Principals and Assistant Principals can't control the crap coming from outside, they can't control paychecks but they can control work environments. They can stop empowering the wrong people, and they can stop putting one teacher above another. There is a lot they can do to relieve unhappiness, yet they choose to do nothing. Is it laziness? Is it apathy? Or, is it a desire to push out people who have done no wrong and can't be gotten rid of traditional ways?
Happy St. Patrick's Day!