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 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 …”