“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway
It is a mystery to the world why Ernest Hemingway felt that way. But he wasn’t the only one who thought that. There are many people who still resonate the same emotion when it comes to the connection between intelligent people and unhappiness. But is it logical to make a sweeping generalization about all intelligent people and a concept that is subjective? Logically, it is not really a sound statement as the idea of happiness itself differs from person to person.
The Subjective Idea Of Happiness
Happiness is a highly subjective notion that differs from person to person. And happiness is a transient feeling that can change from one moment to another. So, a happy person is someone who is likely to be happy most of the time. But since there is no way to measure someone’s happiness, we have to rely on our emotional acumen to deduce that.
Intelligent people are
Albert Einstein had a pretty tumultuous private life, but he dedicated most of his life to doing research that he loved. So, to say he was unhappy because he had a few failed marriages is looking at just one side of his life. His work might have had been a big source of joy for him. So, happiness is a transient feeling and not a consistent state of affairs.
The Study That Was A Revelation
An extensive study was conducted by 10 prominent psychologists at the University College London with almost 7,000 volunteers. In this study, the scientists tried to find if high intelligence and happiness are co-related. The results that they found are revolutionary. The scientists found that self-reported happiness was highest in the high IQ groups of volunteers and lowest in low IQ groups.
But the scientists looked a little more into the matter and found out that low IQ individuals had more economic disadvantage compared to the high IQ group. The incomes that the low IQ individuals procure are much lower than what the high IQ individuals procure. So, it is likely to be one of the reasons behind being unhappy. And also, the lower IQ group of people are more likely to be unhappy as they require more help in their daily lives with their skills, have relatively much poorer health and are psychologically more distressed.
So, this experiment debunks the age old myth that we are holding on to. But it also sheds
High Intelligence And Overthinking
High intelligence is a great boon that some people are born with. But it also has its bane. Overthinking and high standards are somethings that can really take a toll on an individual by hiking his or her stress levels. So, it is true that intelligent people are more likely to feel stressed, but it is so because the stakes are high for them. Their achievements require them to push themselves harder and it comes with a cost for sure. So, intelligent people are more prone to overthink but they are also more likely to solve big problems.
Happiness is something that all individuals crave, regardless of their IQ levels. But it comes to only those who really seek it.