Education beneficial to mental acuity in later life, says report

Students enrolling in degree programs offered by online Christian universities may be doing more than just investing in their futures. According to the results of a recent research study, earning a degree can benefit an individual’s mental acuity later in life.

According to an article published in The New York Times, pursuing a degree in higher education can have a positive impact on a person’s mental health as they get older. The study was conducted by Carol Ryff, director of the Institute of Aging at the University of Wisconsin’s Madison campus. Results of the study indicate that the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment derived from completing a degree can have a marked impact on an individual’s mental well-being.

“The ancient Greeks called it eudaimonia, and positive psychologists have adopted the term to refer to the kind of profound satisfaction and meaning one derives from raising children, training for an Olympic event, completing a college degree or helping your neighbors rebuild after a disaster,” Patricia Cohen wrote in the article.

According to the report, more than 7,100 individuals were surveyed as part of Dr. Ryff’s research.

For students enrolling at online Christian colleges, the results of the report could mean that a degree may benefit them long after they transition to their new careers.

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