Education Web Site Poll Finds Family Most Important in Life

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A recent poll at reveals that most people consider family to be the most important thing in their lives. Conversely, money came last in importance. However, with a surge of adults returning to school to build qualifications for better-paying jobs, the distinction between money and family may not be so clear.

A recent survey at found that a majority of respondents chose family (34 percent) as the number one most important thing in their lives. Next was happiness (32 percent), and it was followed by love (19 percent) and success (9 percent). Money came in at the bottom of the list with only 6 percent of respondents choosing financial reward as the most important thing in life.

Further analysis might suggest that while many adults are returning to school to increase their earning potential, it may simply be as a way to provide more for their families. According to the Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE), students who are over 25 make up 47 percent of the new and returning student population on many of today's college campuses. These nontraditional students are seeking a better quality of life not only for themselves, but also for their families.

Americans work the second highest number of hours per year of any country in the world according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, but that may not necessarily be a detriment to family life. The Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit research center, found that “employees with high quality jobs and more supportive workplace environments are, in fact, more likely to go home in better moods and with more energy to give to the important people in their lives. In other words, work can enhance life off the job, not just detract from it.” spokesperson and Managing Producer Lee Ashton agrees. “Most people would like the time they spend away from their families to be spent on something worthwhile and fulfilling. The answer for many people is career training to help them find the right job to enrich their lives.” Career training for many adults may entail completing their education with an online degree program or on-campus at a nearby college. features helpful information and tips on education, career options, and job training, including advice for returning adult students. The site offers the advice and tools you need to enrich your life and advance your career.


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