Recent accademc research conducted by Dr. de Neve and Professor Osward of Warwick University suggests that happy children and teenagers go on to become higher earners in adulthood. The findings are fascinating and equate the level of satisfaction with ones life to pounds, shillings and pence.
The group studied were large – 90,000 people were sampled. Some of the findings were almost too obvious – happy people interview well and get jobs and get promotions. We know that people who earn a decent income (by their own standards) are by connection happier. This study looks deeper into that and really puts the equation the other way round – if you are happier you will earn more rather than if you earn more you will be happier.
A key finding was ‘The emotional well-being of children and adolescents is key to their future success, and this research provides yet another reason for the need to create an emotionally healthy home environment.’
In a nutshell parents need to understand the connection between their child’s early happiness to ensure they are successful in their adult life.