Evidence of a link between intelligence and happiness
Happiness and intelligence? What could be the connection between the two? Although the Hungarian scientist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who made his name with the creation of the flow theory has already established the undisputed link between intelligence and happiness by studying creativity, British researchers have now added new research to the theory’s robustness.
There is a common assumption that those who are dumber are happier. They don’t really understand the difficulties of the world, so they can’t deal with them, they are only interested in the easy-to-understand, superficial things, and are happier for it. But British researchers have disproved this by looking at the relationship between IQ, a measure of intelligence, and happiness, and concluding that people with low IQs are unhappier.
The researchers from University College London published their findings in a paper in the journal Psychological Medicine. The study examined data on the psychiatric status of 6870 participants. The test subjects had their verbal IQ measured and were asked questions such as “Overall, how do you feel these days?”
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