Happier teens make more money as adults

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Happy adolescents are more likely to become wealthy adults than teens who do not have happy childhoods, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at University College London and published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences). Data from 15,000 teens and young adults in the U.S. were examined by Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve from UCL Political Science and Professor Andrew Oswald from the University of Warwick. They discovered that the individuals who had higher ‘positive affect’, the scientific term for happiness, or higher ‘life satisfaction’, were more likely to make notably higher income than those who reported lower levels. The researchers believe this link is present because people who are happy have higher chances of earning a degree, finding jobs, and being promoted compared with individuals who act somber.