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

  • 10h 17m 35s
  • Raj Raghunathan
  • Random House
  • 2016

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 the happiness of not just students and businesspeople but also stay-at-home-parents, lawyers, and artists, among others.

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

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1A - The First Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Devaluing Happiness
  • Chapter 1B - The First Habit of the Highly Happy: Prioritizing–But Not Pursuing–Happiness
  • Chapter 2A - The Second Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Chasing Superiority
  • Chapter 2B - The Second Habit of the Highly Happy: Pursuing Flow
  • Chapter 3A - The Third Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Desperation for Love
  • Chapter 3B - The Third Habit of the Highly Happy: The Need to Love (and Give)
  • Chapter 4A - The Fourth Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Being Overly Controlling
  • Chapter 4B - The Fourth Habit of the Highly Happy: Gaining Internal Control
  • Chapter 5A - The Fifth Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Distrusting Others
  • Chapter 5B - The Fifth Habit of the Highly Happy: Exercising “Smart Trust”
  • Chapter 6A - The Sixth Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Passionate/Indifferent Pursuit of Passion
  • Chapter 6B - The Sixth Habit of the Highly Happy: Dispassionate Pursuit of Passion
  • Chapter 7A - The Seventh Deadly Happiness “Sin”: Mind Addiction
  • Chapter 7B - The Seventh Habit of the Highly Happy: Mindfulness
  • Chapter 8 - The Road Ahead