Mostly Likely to Succeed or Most Likely to be Happy?
The majority bestow the title “Most Likely to Succeed” and that usually goes to someone who is quite bright, but also a bit of a “go-getter,” popular with the in-crowd and perhaps with a bit of entrepreneurial flair. Or in some cases, it’s someone demonstrating obvious acting or singing talent over and above the average for that age group. Taylor Swift is the best case in point, and Miley Cyrus before her.
But what characteristics would we be looking for in 17 year-olds to find the school’s winner of “Most Likely to be Happy?”
Here’s a quick and somewhat slapdash list:
1- Makes friends easily
2- Maintains and builds relationships
3- Helps others; volunteers
4- Enjoys spending time outdoors
5- Eats a healthy diet
6- Has a religious faith and/or a spiritual practice
7- Is academically intelligent, but not excessively
8- Keeps fit but is not fitness or body-image obsessed
So generally a well-balanced, calm person who probably doesn’t stand out much during his or her last year of high school. Certainly not somebody Hollywood usually makes movies with or about.
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