Achieving Highest Levels Of Success

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“Happy lives are usually made up of a combination of positive emotions and meaningfulness.” (Zakrzewski & Brunn, 2015). Research shows that achieving the highest levels of success does not make for ‘happier’ individuals. This can be true for both career and education. In order to reach a happy state, it does not only depend on reaching full academic potential. There needs to be a balance of intellectual and emotional health in students, in order to be content. The same can be said of career success. People who achieve great careers with great wages have not been proven to be more satisfied in life. There is the advantage of upward mobility, which can bring satisfaction. Although not enough to the point where they are happier than those who do not have that level of career. In addition, the opportunities of moving up in the social ladder are slim, if higher education is out of reach for those who cannot afford it. So, society pushes for education to benefit the economy and a content society. What it fails to do, is pay attention to the other part of us that plays a role in this as well, our personal and emotional happiness. In America, everyone is always searching for the eternal pursuit of happiness. It has been discovered that finding ‘happiness’ does not come solely from excelling in education. Nor are people ‘happier’ due to pursuing and thriving in highly successful careers. This factors into the ambition of obtaining happiness from upward mobility. Something that is not
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