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Ep. 020: Succeeding in College and Life with Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter

It’s officially that time of year when college grads throw their caps high into the air and prepare to enter the real world. Just a…

Articles by Jill Schlesinger

By Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
  |  Published: May 18, 2017

It’s officially that time of year when college grads throw their caps high into the air and prepare to enter the real world. Just a few short years ago, these graduates were among the four million students who began their journeys at the nation’s colleges and universities.

While those four years are supposed to be the best years of your life, for many, they turn out to be the most stressful they’ll experience. They can be so stressful that, by the end of freshman year, 30% of students drop out.

That’s where today’s guests enter the picture. Dan Lerner and Alan Schlechter team-teach a course at New York University called The Science of Happiness. From this wildly successful class, they recently released the book, “U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life).”

Better Off U Thrive

Let me stress that last part of the title… “and life.”

This is not a book just for students—it’s for everyone. Using fascinating science and real-life stories, Dan and Alan have a similar focus to the Better Off podcast: They try to help you better your life.

Whether it’s for yourself, your child starting college, or one who will soon graduate, this book provides tips for building positive habits that will last a lifetime.

Better Off” is sponsored by Betterment.

This article was originally published on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.

The opinions stated on the Better Off podcast are those of the host, Jill Schlesinger, and her guests, and not those of Betterment or its employees. Any third party links provided are offered as a matter of convenience and are not intended to imply that Betterment endorses, or is affiliated with the owners of or any information contained on those sites unless expressly stated otherwise. Listen to a preview and subscribe to “Better Off” here.

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