Education Does Not Make You a Happier Person

TIME

There is no link between your education level and your personal happiness, says a new mental health research study published by the British Journal of Psychiatry.

According to a press release, researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School were inspired by the strong association between poor education and mental illness and wanted to investigate if the opposite was true: does being educated lead to happiness?

The team discovered that the odds of happiness were equivalent throughout all levels of educational attainment.

“These findings are quite controversial because we expected to find the socioeconomic factors that are associated with mental illness would also be correlated with mental well being,” said Sarah Stewart-Brown, the lead author on the study. “But that is not the case.”

Researchers defined happiness as a state of high mental well being in which people “feel good and function well.” They applied this to data from…

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