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Is there a phraseme or idiom for "doing something useful (necessary) and pleasant at the same time" with positive connotation?

For example - using a bike to get to work and back home is useful (because it allows you to train your body), and pleasant (if you go through the park or a forest, etc.).

Or, another possible example - a boss may convince an employee to sign in for a business trip (to the North Pole) because it is useful to the firm and may be pleasant because the employee is an amateur photographer and will have a chance to take a photo of a polar bear.

There is a Russian phraseme that is usable in both cases, but is there a similar one in English for at least one of the cases?

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There are many non-idiomatic phrases, such as delightful task and pleasant chore. Why do you need an idiom? –  bib Dec 21 '13 at 17:13
    
@bib Maybe the phrase will do, but "delightful task" doesn't have a "it may seem boring at first glance, but in fact there is a pleasant side". –  Artemix Dec 21 '13 at 17:16
    
In US usage, the terms task and chore both have a slightly negative connotation when used alone. –  bib Dec 21 '13 at 17:59
    
And then there's the phrase from John Mellencamp, Hurts so good. –  bib Dec 21 '13 at 18:08
    
@bib Hurts so good - very nice! :) –  Artemix Dec 21 '13 at 18:44

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It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

I'd suggest that it's used ironically far more often than literally.

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