A recent study shows that the happier you are as a teenager, the more money you will likely earn by the time you’re 30. This came from a long-term study that tracked the well-being and income of more than 10,000 people.
Researchers found that the unhappiest people at age 18 earned 30% less than the average earnings of their peers ten years later. Even in siblings they show a remarkable difference between those that were happy and those that were not.
So we have a classic chicken and the egg situation? If I plan to wait until I’m wealthy to be happy, I’m going to have a long wait. If I choose to be happy regardless of my circumstances, money may just track me down.
It’s pretty easy to connect the dots here. If someone is happy, they smile more. If someone is smiling they are more likely to be accepted into the school of their choice, chosen for winning teams and selected for the best jobs.
What if you were grumpy as a teenager? Have your chances for success and wealth been eliminated now that you’re 30 or older? Not at all. Choose to be happy today and you can reverse the effects of that unhappy time as a teenager.
“Don’t worry, be happy” is more than a cute song. It’s a formula for putting money in the bank. And it doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 68 – it’s a great time to decide to be happy and reap the rewards.
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