Many brokers would have Backchat believe it's a miserable time to be in the broking business. A recent survey, however, shows brokers to be happier than ever.

Employment law firm Peninsula asked 1,024 brokers whether they enjoyed their jobs. It discovered three out of four brokers said they were happy at work.

So the hysterical laughter you heard booming from behind the boss's door wasn't delirious mania, it was genuine amusement.