The Hidden Value in Education
Many of us know schooling fosters intelligence and exposes us to new ideas and customs that make us more well-rounded individuals. In fact, the benefits of education aren’t just centered on intelligence and character, but also on longevity; a recent study in Sweden revealed that people who are more educated tend to live longer.
Researchers from the Swedish Institute for Social Research and the Centre of Health Equity Studies found that those with at least nine years of education are likely to live longer than those with eight years of education or less. The idea is that a better education allows for a higher standard of living, which by extension promotes a higher value on an individual’s health and lifestyle.
The study, which was based on data from 1949 to 2007, revealed that men with nine or more years of education were less likely to die from all types of cancer and accidents. Additionally, women with nine or more years of education were less likely to die from heart disease.
For those who felt like they could have gained more from their education, this study seems to indicate otherwise!