Why it is important
People who plan ahead or plan for the future have higher life satisfaction. The ability to plan ahead is associated with higher household income and larger social network. People who are better at planning experience less stress because they perceive greater control of the situation, they also tend to age better and be happier later in life. People with planning abilities are better at implementing positive health behavior change. People who plan for a future with experiential growth have higher levels of well-being than people who plan for materialistic or extrinsic reasons.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
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