If you’re feeling unhappy and unfulfilled with your life, can getting a degree make you happier? Read on to find out.
What’s the real secret to happiness? Is it something we can achieve by working harder or checking off boxes on a list? Is there a clear-cut road we can follow? Will the same approach that works for one person work for another?
In short, no.
Happiness is a state of being that we’re constantly striving toward.
The things that make you happy will vary wildly depending on what you love and what you prioritize and what you want. But as a general rule, happiness comes from living a life that leaves you feeling comfortable and satisfied. How does getting a degree play into that goal?
As you might know, I am a recovered stress sufferer. I truly know what it’s like to try to manage uncomfortable emotions during challenging times.
I love sharing insights and strategies to help people stay calm, relaxed, healthy, happy – especially in tough times.
With this in mind I put together this quick guide all about how getting a degree can make you happier.
Do you have a five-year plan? Where do you want to be five years from now? And have you gotten as far as you wanted to from where you were five years ago? Getting a degree won’t be for everyone. This path works best for those who know what they’re passionate about or what dream job they want to chase. But if you do want that degree, you can get it and embark on that dream career path within that five-year window. It’s really not as far away as it seems, is it?
One of the most important things about setting goals is believing that you can achieve them. If you take steps to make your fantasies happen, they can become reality instead of being idle daydreams. Studying at college is a lot of work, and it can be overwhelming. You might also be wondering how to finance your degree. For those in the US, there’s ample student aid available federally through the FAFSA program. You can also take out private student loans to cover whatever federal aid doesn’t, which is ideal for those with good credit scores.
Even if you’re not sure exactly what you want from life, getting a degree can open doors you never thought possible. You’ll be eligible for higher-paying positions in more comfortable settings. You’ll be able to take on more responsibility in the workplace and at home. In addition, if your degree is specialized to your job field, you will be able to identify your learning style, so you’ll have an edge over the competition. Your education will give you all the tools you need to be successful in what you do. Those opportunities might increase your happiness and sense of personal satisfaction.
Those with a degree tend to have more stable lives than people who don’t. They have more stable careers, more job security, more stable costs of living, and even a little extra money to spend on themselves. If you feel like you don’t have enough control over your circumstances, getting a degree might be a way to change that. This goes hand in hand with the new opportunities. You have more of a chance to follow your dreams, pursue your goals, and achieve success in whatever areas of life you want to. On top of that, people with degrees are statistically more likely to have fulfilling partnerships and social lives in general.