London, March 26: Better education may help you earn more, but it may not make you a lot happier than those with low educatiol attainment, a new study claims. Getting a good education may not improve your life chances of happiness, showed the findings published in the British Jourl of Psychiatry.
“These findings are quite controversial because we expected to find the socioeconomic factors that are associated with mental illness would also be correlated with mental wellbeing,” said lead author Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor at University of Warwick in Britain. “So if low educatiol attainment was strongly associated with mental illness, high educatiol attainment would be strongly connected to mental well-being. But that is not the case,” Stewart-Brown noted. The researchers examined socioeconomic factors related to high mental wellbeing, such as level of education and persol finces. Low educatiol attainment is strongly associated with mental illness but the research team wanted to find out if higher educatiol attainment is linked with mental wellbeing. The team found all levels of educatiol attainment had similar odds of high mental well-being. High mental wellbeing was defined as ‘feeling good and functioning well’. People with high levels of mental wellbeing mage to feel happy and contented with their lives more often than those who do not, the researchers noted. Other surprising results from the study included high levels of mental wellbeing among Afro-Caribbeans, especially men. (IANS)