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The Road to Happiness
Story Updated: Aug 10, 2012
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 a no real association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness. Im Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news that matters to you.