Education, Income and Happiness
by harry98 on November 3, 2015 - 11:04pm
Many people think that having more money leads to happiness? Is that really true?
According to a paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research, people with higher education live a longer life. Some researchers say that it is the income due to the higher education that leads to happiness. Most researchers disagree, they say money does help treat sickness, but higher education prevents people from getting sick in the first place. For example, people with a college degree live a healthier lifestyle, they are more informed about staying healthy and most importantly, they have higher paying jobs that they enjoy. Lisa Berkman, professor of public policy and epidemiology at Harvard University say that income is important "but I think it goes beyond that." One of her students did a study and she determined that just staying in class for longer leads to long-term happiness. Why does it lead to long-term happiness? Because learning new things develops our brains and by developing our brains, we have significant lower risks of having a mental disease like Alzheimer’s. As an overwhelming amount of the population are getting mental diseases, not getting one would lead to a happier life in the later years of our lives. According to multiple studies, the best ways to prevent getting a mental illness are learning new skills and learning a new language.
Many researches have also concluded that the human mind needs to keep learning in order to be healthy. If a person keeps learning, they will stay healthy. Learning does not necessarily have to mean going to school. It can be something as simple as learning a new skill like learning to cook. As a person keeps acquiring new information, they will keep their brain strong, which will result in long-term happiness.
The correlation between happiness, money and education is not a new idea. Socrates, on of the greatest philosophers of the Classical antiquity, asserted that the easiest way to gain happiness is to pass on knowledge to another person. Meaning teaching others leads to the most pleasure.
In conclusion, many studies have concluded that in order to stay happy during the long term, it is best to keep learning. The happiness obtained by education may be in the forms of self-satisfaction and/or materialistic happiness (money).