Whether you went to a top university or left your studies to pursue other worldly adventures, the chances that you are happy are likely the same, new research suggests.
It was found that there is no significant link between what level of education you have and your personal happiness, according to a study by researchers from Warwick Medical School and published by the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers aimed to analyze whether socioeconomic factors, including level of education and personal finances, are related to healthy mental wellbeing and could indeed lead to a person’s happiness. They took into account data taken from the Health Survey for England in 2010 and 2011, which was administered to over 17,000 people.
They discovered that overall the odds of happiness, or ‘high mental wellbeing,’ were the same for people across all levels of education. They defined high mental wellbeing as ‘feeling good and functioning well.’
The research contradicts the association between those who have low educational levels having a mental illness, and suggests that socioeconomic factors may not be as essential in boosting mental well-being.