In this edition of EmpowHER's, "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that claims that ambitious people may not be necessarily as happy or healthy as we previously thought.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Ambitious people attend the best colleges, have prestigious careers and earn high salaries. Sounds like the definition of success, right? Well, not exactly if you define success in terms of health and happiness.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame tracked 700 high-ability individuals over seven decades to measure ambition. Their education ranged from attending some of the world's best Ivy League universities to those earning only high school diplomas.
Researchers determined that ambition has a much weaker effect on life satisfaction and actually a negative impact on longevity.
Researchers believe perhaps it’s because the investments they make in their careers come at the expense of the things we know affect longevity: healthy behaviors, stable relationships and deep social networks.
So, yes, ambitious people do achieve more successful careers, but that doesn't seem to translate into happier or healthier lives because there’s only so much ambition can bring.
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