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A November 2012 paper found that the happier children are in their young lives, the greater incomes they will receive as adults later in life.

The paper involved with happiness and incomes was published on Monday, November 19, 2012, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It found that teenagers who expressed themselves with more positive emotions and had more satisfying moments as young adults made larger incomes at the age of 29 years than did other adults without such traits.

In all, approximately 10,000 Americans were examined at the ages of 16, 18, and 22 years of age.

They were then again surveyed at the age of 29 years with regards to the amount of money they were making at their jobs.

The results showed quite a large difference: an $8,000 difference between the happiest 22-year-old and the saddest one.

The percentages showed that the most happy teenagers earned about 10% more than the average teenager at 29 years of age.

And, the teens who were most unhappy in their lives had incomes that were approximately 30% lower than the average teenager.

The Los Angeles Times article “Happiness may bring you more money, study says” stated, “The findings suggest that interventions to encourage more positive thinking in kids and teens could greatly improve their future success …”


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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University