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body & soul
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, March 30, 2015
Education may further your career
and earning potential, but will it also
increase your chances of finding true
happiness? Not exactly, say researchers
from the University of Warwick in the
According a new British Journal of
Psychiatry study analysing socioeconomic
factors and mental well-being, researchers
discovered that education level has noth-
ing to do with how content people are
In other words: A person with a limited
amount of education has the same odds
of having "high mental well-being"---a
term defined in the study as feeling good
and functioning well---as someone with
a degree (or two or three).
Researchers also found that African
and African-Caribbean, Indian, and Pak-
istani men in particular had increased
odds of experiencing high mental well-
"We expected to find the socioeco-
nomic factors that are associated with
mental illness would also be correlated
with mental wellbeing," lead author Pro-
fessor Sarah Stewart-Brown said in a
"So if low educational attainment was
strongly associated with mental illness,
high educational attainment would be
strongly connected to mental well-being.
But that is not the case."
However, psychiatrist Norman E
Rosenthal, MD, who was not involved
in the new study, says the findings actu-
ally aren t all that surprising.
"The basic finding that socioeconomic
status is not correlated with happiness
is consistent with all of the past literature,"
he tells Yahoo Health.
"One thing we need to remember is
that those people who are classified as
mentally ill are only a small proportion
of the population.
"And even among the lowest of the
socioeconomic classes, they re not mostly
mentally ill---they re mostly well."
"Study after study has shown that
once you ve got your basic needs covered,
extra money does not correlate with
more happiness," he says.
"Happiness can be derived from many
things, including family, friends, religion,
having a sense of community, and a
sense of purpose, which are all perfectly
accessible to people of low socioeconomic
Rosenthal adds that the researchers
have made their study "a little confusing"
by including mental illness, low socioe-
conomic status, and unhappiness.
"Surely mental illness will be associated
with unhappiness, and mental illness is
correlated with lower socioeconomic
status because those who are mentally
ill are less able to make a living," he says.
"But again, the fact is that s only a
small per cent of the population."
Some things in life never seem to
last as long as we want them to: Your
last paycheck, free cookies, or (perhaps
most disappointing of all), clear skin
are all relatable examples.
Sure, we know that there are tons
of prescribed, over-the-counter, and
even some go-to natural ingredients
that can treat an annoying blemish in
a flash, but wouldn t it be less frus-
trating to know why our pimples are,
well, popping up in the first place?
While genetics and hormones play
a huge role, there are certain sneaky,
everyday habits that could be irritating
your skin too.
For instance, think about how your
headphones go everywhere with you---
school, work, the subway, the gym---
and you slide them on without giving
it a second thought. Cranking up the
music is totally therapeutic, but it turns
out if you re seeing spots on your tem-
ples and jaw line, the headphones you
use might be the culprit for recurring
"Wearing over-the-ear headphones
is a perfect setup for causing an increase
of acne breakouts and skin infections,"
says dermatologist and Simple advisory
board member Dr Debra Luftman.
"This is especially the case when you
wear them during and after a workout,
or if you keep them on for long periods
of time. Sweat and moisture collect on
and around the headphones, compress-
ing the skin and therefore encouraging
bacteria and yeast to multiply." Gross,
Luckily, a blemish-free complexion
doesn t mean retiring your giant pair
of Beats or new Frends headphones for
good. To keep them gunk-free, Dr Luft-
man recommends giving them a daily
rubdown with a makeup remover wipe.
(Simple s Cleansing Facial Wipes are
so easy to toss in your bag!) Then,
remember to use another wipe to clean
the areas around your ears, hairline and
jaw before the next time you toss your
headphones on again.
If you find that your headphones get
discoloured or grimy particularly often,
you can also keep a stash of anti-bac-
terial cloths handy in your purse or
backpack. Just be sure to let the ear-
phones dry completely before using
them again. The same bacteria that
develops from sweat and moisture, can
build up from any dampness that stems
from your cleansing tools.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and advice
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causing your acne?
Researchers also found that African and African-Caribbean, Indian, and Pakistani men in particular had
increased odds of experiencing high mental well-being.
"So if low
But that is not
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