Ivy Leaguers' Mortality Is High, Happiness Is Low, According To New Study

Author: Mendoza College

It wouldn't be hard to find a high school junior at a place like Scarsdale Senior High School or Harvard-Westlake who would admit (off the record!) that they would kill to get into an Ivy League school. But would they be willing to die?

A new study on ambition in this month's Journal for Applied Psychology, suggests that they might have to be. When Timothy A. Judge of Notre Dame and John Kammeyer-Mueller of Business University of Florida looked at the impact of striving on the life outcomes of 717 Americans, they found a troubling trend. The ambitious ones -- defined by responses to questions about life attitude -- tend to die young.
What's more, they aren't even happy during their short lives.

Many ambitious youngsters in the study did end up going to selective universities and having high-prestige jobs. But neither educational achievement nor career success led to much greater life satisfaction.

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