Education makes you happy Despite considerable research efforts, no correlation has been found between that dubious quality know as ‘IQ’ and happiness. Those with 'high IQs' are no happier on average than anyone else. Martin (2005) repeats the words of an eminent psychologist, "…the biggest achievement in the lives of many Mensa members was having joined Mensa".  Education is different though- it does bring happiness, and seemingly the more education someone receives the happier they tend to be. Stevenson and Wolfers (2008) have illustrated the differential in happiness associated with a number of variables, including educational level: Adapted from Wolfers (2009) Education = a job? Education at a base level provides greater access to a future job- and as we have seen, earnings up to a certain point, do seem to link to higher levels of happiness. Layard (20033) identifies unemployment and job insecurity as two of the most significant causes of unhappiness (unemployment is only second to marital breakdown). One of the likely values of increased levels of education is the elevated ability to reduce the incidences of these two work-related problems- and the unhappiness that comes with them. Increased levels of education then, in the utilitarian way that they provides elevated likelihoods of paid employment, do much to prevent the unhappiness of living on the breadline.  We have noted that a worker in an ‘average job’ reports their highest levels of happiness at lunchtimes, and that jobs themselves vary in the happiness that they seem to bring to people. Greater levels of education makes it much more likely that people have control over the job that they take- and therefore can opt for jobs that provide many of the characteristics that Martin (2005) identified as being associated with happiness: connectedness, engagement in meaningful activity, a sense of control, purpose and meaning, self esteem, regular experience of flow. Education = a happiness skill-set? Martin (2005) and other researchers classifying the characteristics of happy people identify many features that are likely to develop as a secondary consequence of existing for longer periods in educational environments, for example social and emotional competence, communication skills, resilience and wisdom. It is likely that remaining for longer in the supportive world of the classroom makes you happier due to further development of these characteristics- whether they are taught explicitly as part of the course being followed or not.  
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