You go to a buffet with a range of choices that includes expensive foods which you don’t like very much, and cheaper foods which you happen to like. So really, you don’t have expensive tastes. Do you load up on the more expensive foods just to get your money’s worth, or do you get a lot of what you like, regardless? If you chose the more expensive foods because of the value, then you probably are lacking in “Happiness Smarts.” Who even knew there was such a thing has happiness smarts? According to Raj Raghunathan, a marketing professor at the University of Texas, happiness smarts occurs when you have the clarity to prioritize happy choices over such things as ego. And if you happen to like the expensive stuff but don’t normally get them because you’re on a budget, all bets are off here – it would appear.
But it gets complicated. Not all smart people have happy smarts. They may say “dumb” things like – “I really don’t want to bother dressing up for the date-because the date better like me for who I am, not for how I look.” Or, “My boss is a sucker for flattery, but it’s below my dignity to flatter him, so I won’t. I will just let my work speak for itself.” According to Raj these people are “single, not doing well at work,” and they are less happy. Additionally, people without happiness smarts will not choose the job that brings them more happiness. Meanwhile, Gustave Flaubert author of “Madame Bovary” said, “To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.” And for those who don’t know, this novel’s main character is Emma Bovary who had a couple of affairs because she was unhappy with her husband.
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