6. Excessive stress
According to Canadian scientists, individuals with higher intelligence often experience more stress than average people as they look at even the most mundane tasks differently. Due to their tendency to overthink, they often look at the negative aspects of simple daily activities and experience chronic stress even when they don’t have to.
What can you do to be happy?
Although most highly intelligent people tend to be unhappy and unsatisfied with their lives, there are some smart individuals who are able to live fulfilling and purposeful lives. So if you can relate to most of the reasons mentioned above and believe that you are smarter than the average Joe, then there’s still a chance that you can turn your life around and experience joy, positivity, and happiness.
Professor Raj Raghunathan believes the key is in identifying what these happier segments of intelligent people are doing differently. He says, “Once you start a serious enquiry into that question, I think you’ll discover that they do two things that are different. First, they seem to pursue a different set of goals: goals that are more conducive to enhancing happiness – like prioritising relationships over status, or experiences over material possessions.”
But that’s not all. Raghunathan adds “Second, you discover that their attitude to life is different. They are somehow better able to roll with the punches. This attitude is rooted, in my view, in an implicit belief that life is good, and that good things are going to happen to you – what I call an ‘abundance mindset.’ The good news is that both of these things can be learned. And the better news is that adopting these things will actually not just make you happier, it will also make you a better human being.”
Change your attitude
Feeling unhappy with life is normal as you go through the ups and downs of life, whether you are highly intelligent or just about average. What is important is that we change our perspective and attitude about life and start seeing things differently.
Developing a positive and abundant mindset can help us not only succeed in our career and work, but also build more meaningful relationships leading to a happier and better life.