Fri., February 15, 2013 7:49am (EST)

WORKING: Be Happy, Make More
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
A new study of more than 10,000 Americans shows that people who had more positive emotions as they grew up actually earned more income by the time they were 29. Brandon Smith explains why this makes sense (and what you can still do to capitalize on the idea). (Photo Courtesy of Muriel Miralles de Sawicki via stock.xchng.)
A new study of more than 10,000 Americans shows that people who had more positive emotions as they grew up actually earned more income by the time they were 29. Brandon Smith explains why this makes sense (and what you can still do to capitalize on the idea). (Photo Courtesy of Muriel Miralles de Sawicki via stock.xchng.)
The old cliché says that money can’t buy you happiness.

Some new research suggests the reverse might be true, though: being happier might mean you make more money.

Basically: people who experienced more positive daily emotions and had a generally more positive outlook while they grew up made more money by age 29.

Workplace expert and career coach Brandon Smith explains why this makes sense (and what you can still do to capitalize on the idea).

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.