Happier students tend to have higher GPAs

My article “Happier students tend to have higher GPAs,” which reports on recent research from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, appears in Deseret News.

Here’s the lede:

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

And when deprived of his happiness, his grades are liable to suffer, according to new research from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

In the soon-to-be-published study, Christina Hinton, an adjunct lecturer at the school, found correlations between students’ happiness and their motivation and achievement. The research conducted at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, during the 2013-14 academic year — when 94 percent of fourth- to 12th-graders, or about 450 students, responded to questionnaires — also suggests that student happiness depends upon the relationships they form with teachers and classmates.


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