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

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

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How many of us have thought at one time or another that we don't have, and maybe can never obtain, what it takes to be happy? We aren't rich enough, good-looking enough, talented enough, or disciplined enough? Or, we plan to turn our attention to becoming happier "when we get time"? Or we, and also our parents, never seem to be really happy, and that's just something "in our genes" that we have to live with? Prof Raj, as he is called, dispels these myths and more in his concise book. He does this in two ways: First, he maps out what is known about the science of happiness. Let me reassure you that this is an eye-opening and heartening journey in itself, but it's probably not why you are considering buying the book! Second, and most important, Prof Raj gives you the tools you need to become a happier person. I must admit I was really skeptical on this second point. I'm a psychologist and I've read (or used on clients) just about every technique in the psychological... Read more
After completing Dr. Raj's Coursera course, " A Life of Happiness and Fullfillment" and becoming a much happier person, I was excited to see he had a book coming out so I could review what I had learned and read more in-depth of the areas I missed in my note taking during the course lectures. But whether you have taken the course or not, the book will guide you through the scientific and well-researched topic of happiness and how to achieve it in your own life. If you read a chapter a week to and then complete and practice the exercise at the end of each chapter, your life will change for the better, guaranteed. And if you truly want to be happy, it won't take that much time out of your week. Unlike other courses or workshops I have taken Dr. Rag doesn't walk out the door at the end and leave on your own. He has a reminder list you can subscribe to and sends inspiring clips and videos if you choose which are much needed daily reminders in our busy lives. And he does so... Read more
What a joy to find such an impressive, intelligent and creative approach to the universal quest for happiness and well-being! This book is for all you people who are tired of all the fluffy, feel-good books and blogs on happiness, and are ready for some practical, science-based advice on improving your life. The book's emphasis is on the habits, sins, and exercises of happiness. I hope that the value of your personal happiness is worth more to you than the price of this book. I promise you won't regret the purchase.
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