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The Road to Happiness

What childhood achievements are most important
to your happiness as an adult?

Researchers in Australia analyzed data
from more than 800 people
who were followed for up to 32 years
in a multidisciplinary
health and development study.
They looked at the relationship
between language development in childhood,
academic achievement in adolescence,
social connectedness growing up
and well-being in adulthood.

The study showed that social success
defined as positive attachments
to parents, peers and teachers
was a strong pathway to happiness.
On the other hand,
academic success was a weak indicator
of adult well-being.

The researchers say their findings
are in line with earlier studies
that show no real association between
socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV
with the news doctors are reading;
health news that matters to you.

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