According to the Mail Online, a study has found that happy children tend to go on and earn more as adults, even if their parents were not educated or high earners. Get this: within the same family, it is the happiest siblings who tend to earn the most.
“The study examined the happiness levels of 90,000 children and young adults in the U.S., and compared the data to their levels of income as adults. Even when other factors were taken into account, the economists carrying out the study found that happiness levels when young clearly determined higher earnings in later life.”
Professor Andrew Oswald of Warwick University, the study’s co-author, said: ‘This research provides yet another reason for the need to create an emotionally healthy home environment.’
To be honest, we’re really not surprised that those with higher incomes tend to be happier. However, ‘this is the first study which shows the economic benefits of being happy when young’. The authors stressed that: ‘happier people tended to be more productive which may explain why they were promoted more quickly than their more pessimistic colleagues.’
A perfect example stated by the daily: ‘It will come as no surprise to self-made billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who has said in the past he was ‘extremely lucky’ to have had such a happy childhood with ‘wonderful, understanding’ parents.’