The Happiness Advantage

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Achor, Shawn. The Happiness Advantage: the Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Virgin 2011. Shawn Achor the author of “The Happiness Advantage” an American Educator and author. Achor, was an avid happiness researcher and is known for his propagation for positive psychology. In 2007, Achor was founder and co-founder of many organizations such as GoodThinkInc, and The Institute of Applied Positive Research. The company's purpose is to provide researchers, speakers, and trainers who offered positive psychology related resources which in turn improved work performances. In the book “The Happiness Advantage” Achor explains that success is actually a product of our happiness, not the reason for our happiness. Through Achor’s …show more content…
In this particular post, researchers from Warwick Medical School studied factors related to high well-being such as, levels of education and personal finances. “The team used existing data from the Health Survey for England (HSE) for 2010 and 2011 in which the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMWBS) was administered to 17,030 survey participants across both years” stated in the study from Warwick Medical School. Surprising results were found, that people will higher education greatly associated with mental illnesses than people with a lower education. This article shows the correlation between higher education level and low mental well beings such as happiness rankings, and overall dissatisfaction with life itself. This correlates to my point in America's educational system creating a stigma that earning a high college degree is the only way to essential becoming happy in …show more content…
The Educational System in America is so tough of students anywhere from middle school to college. Students are pushed to aim for those perfect grades, and they are told that in order to be happy later on in life you must earn a college degree to become successful which will lead to that happy lifestyle. “In a study of kids from high-performing California high schools, 70 percent of the students “often or always feel stressed by their school work, and 56 percent reported often or always worrying about such things as grades, tests, and college acceptance. The number of kids and teens being treated for depression has doubled in the past five years; a quarter of teenagers felt “sad or depressed every day for two or more weeks” at least once during the previous year.” as explained in the article “High GPA’s, Low Happiness?” Because these students are getting told that the only way to a successful life is earning that college degree, they feel as though if they don't they will be unhappy. But in reality, the educational systems way of pushing these students is causing them to be more unhappy and which is eventually causing them to drop

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