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Good social relationships in your youth might translate to happiness as an adult, while doing well in school seems to have little influence on well-being later in life, new research suggests.

The study is based on 32 years’ worth of data for 804 people who participated in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study (DMHDS) in New Zealand. Craig Olsson, of Deakin University in Australia, and a research team mined this survey for clues to the childhood and adolescent origins of well-being in adulthood. Olsson and his team measured how several different factors were connected to adult well-being.

These included social connectedness and language development in childhood, as well as social connectedness and academic achievement in adolescence, according to the academic publisher Springer, which printed the research in its Journal of Happiness Studies.

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