If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

by Raj Raghunathan
If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?

by Raj Raghunathan


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The first book by the creator of COURSERA®'s most popular online course in 2015, "A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment"

Could the same traits that drive your career success also be keeping you from being happier?

Fifteen years after getting his MBA, Raj Raghunathan spent some time with his old classmates. He noticed that though they’d all done well, there didn’t appear to be much correlation between their academic success and career success. What Raj found even more curious was the even smaller correlation between career success and what he calls life success. The greater the career success, the more unhappy, out of shape, harried and distracted his friends were.
If intelligence helps with decision-making, smart people should naturally make better life choices. So why are so many of the smartest, brightest, most successful people profoundly unhappy?  Raj set out to find an answer to this problem, and extensively researched happiness not just of students and business people, but also stay-at-home-parents, lawyers, and artists, among others.
If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? takes readers on a fun and meaningful tour of the best research available on how some of the very determinants of success may also come to deflate happiness. Raghunathan explores the seven most common inclinations that successful people need to overcome, and the seven habits they should adopt instead. Among his surprising findings...
·The correlation between wealth and happiness is much smaller than you'd expect it to be
·Generosity is not only a key to happiness, but a determining factor of long term success
·Appreciating uncertainty, rather than seeking  full control of outcomes, is necessary for happiness
If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? will give you a powerful new perspective on your work, personal goals and relationships, whether you’re already successful or just starting out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101980736
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 631,400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Raj Raghunathan, Ph.D., is Professor at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, where he relies on themes from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory and marketing to explain consumption behavior. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Psychology. He is also one of the fourteen faculty members of Whole Foods founder John Mackey's Academy of Conscious Leadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Led Me to Teach Happiness, and How this book is Structured 1

Chapter 1A The First Deadly Happiness "Sin": Devaluing Happiness 17

Chapter 1B The First Habit of the Highly Happy: Prioritizing-But Not Pursuing-Happiness 30

Chapter 2A The Second Deadly Happiness "Sin": Chasing Superiority 44

Chapter 2B The Second Habit of the Highly Happy: Pursuing Flow 60

Chapter 3A The Third Deadly Happiness "Sin": Desperation for Love 79

Chapter 3B The Third Habit of the Highly Happy: The Need To Love (And Give) 99

Chapter 4A The Fourth Deadly Happiness "Sin": Being Overly Controlling 115

Chapter 4B The Fourth Habit of the Highly Happy: Gaining Internal Control 136

Chapter 5A The Fifth Deadly Happiness "Sin": Distrusting Others 150

Chapter 5B The Fifth Habit of the Highly Happy: Exercising "Smart Trust" 165

Chapter 6A The Sixth Deadly Happiness "Sin": Passionate/Indifferent Pursuit of Passion 177

Chapter 6B The Sixth Habit of the Highly Happy: Dispassionate Pursuit of Passion 189

Chapter 7A The Seventh Deadly Happiness "Sin": Mind Addiction 200

Chapter 7B The Seventh Habit of the Highly Happy: Mindfulness 219

Chapter 8 The Road Ahead 238

Acknowledgments 255

Appendix: The Seven Happiness Exercises 259

Notes 273

Index 325

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