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).   

 

  

 

 

 

Sources:

 

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/04/10/why-learning-leads-to-happiness?page=2

 

 

http://mashable.com/2012/06/19/education-happiness/#duS_dQpYf8qZ

Comments

I find your topic very interesting and useful since it promotes one of the many benefices of education. Your title was striking and effective at the same time, which is the reason why I read your article. Also, I like the fact that you informed your reader of the different theories and point of views that were advanced on this matter. However, you could have promoted the reliability of your sources a bit more. For instance, it would have been interesting to mention the fact that the author of your first article, Philipp Moeller, is an award-winning journalist, and that his fields of specialization are aging, health, and retirement. Therefore, his expertise on this matter is truly reliable. This kind of information on your sources enhances the credibility of your article and strengthens your arguments.

Information on Philipp Moeller were found on The Aging and Working Centre at Boston College:

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/about/bios/moeller.html

I find your post to be quite convincing in the way it presents numerous sources spanning from Ancient Greece's Socrates to a recent paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Although I think you are correct in your correlation between education, money and happiness, it would have been interesting for you to mention the inequality people may face in those domains. For instance, women still struggle to earn as much as their male counterparts and are not taken as seriously during job applications. Studies from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research showed that the Gender Wage Gap in the U.S. was of 21%. This means that women only made 79 cents per dollar earned by a man. This is caused by the sum of all discriminations that women suffer and cannot be easily fixed. If we take this into consideration while reading your article we see that although education may lead to money and therefore happiness, we should also know that it might lead everyone to the same destination. If you would like to learn more about this concept I urge you to check this article which gives a good overview of the problem, http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/pay-equity-and-discrimination.

Hello, harry98.
Your article was very interesting! It is true that nowadays, people tend to proclaim "money does not buy happiness", but they seem to believe that it actually does. It was interesting to read about effects of poverty on wellbeing and life expectancy.
Yet there is a little detail preventing me from believing everything you have mentioned in your article. As a matter of fact, some of your premises lack support from a relevant figure of authority. For instance, when you mention: "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. ", it seems very interesting, but you do not provide any proof that this statement is true. I myself am very interested by diseases and health, so it would be very convenient for me to be able to check the reliability of this statement.
Still, your article is very good and interesting. Good job!