It’s yet another Monday on time’s endlessly turning wheel, and this week, our question focuses on a startling new piece of research carried out by the LSE.

A team headed by one of the UK’s foremost ‘Happiness Experts’, Professor Layard has been studying which factors in a person’s life might best predict whether they will lead satisfied lives, and the results are now in.

According to this latest research, and contrary to popular conception, it is not money in adulthood or academic success when young which are most important when examining satisfaction levels, but emotional health in childhood.

The authors evaluated the quality of a child’s emotional health by looking at factors such as whether they endured unhappiness, sleeplessness, eating disorders, bedwetting, fearfulness or tiredness during early life.

The Guardian tells us:

“The study claims to challenge “the basic assumption of educational policy in recent years – that academic achievement matters more than anything else”. This claim appears to be an implicit criticism of former education secretary Michael Gove, who instructed schools not to focus on “peripheral” issues such as children’s moral, social and cultural development in favour of academic excellence.”

Our question then, is just this: do you agree that emotional wellbeing is the most important determinant of satisfaction and indeed perceived success? 

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