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.
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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
Appendix: The Seven Happiness Exercises 259