Smart, Happy People Pursue Goals/Dreams

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In a study published in the British Journal of Psychology, evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management University found that individuals who were focused on some long-term objective (dreams/goals) had higher IQs and were happier than those not pursuing a dream or long-term goals. 

Brookings Institute researcher Carol Graham concluded from this research that the pursuit of dreams and goals is directly correlated to intelligence and happiness.

Pursuing dreams or goals gives your life meaning and fulfillment and this translates into higher IQs and happiness.

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  1. Davene Meehan on August 24, 2021 at 9:26 AM

    Yes! Even though we are now retired we are set on “moving in with dad”. We have been thrown 2 hurricanes, COVID, and the unexpected death of my mother after she took the vaccine, and dad’s big birthday bash. “Moving in with dad” is always in the back of my mind. And there is a back up plan of reorganizing 85 years of accumulations and making 16 acres of woods into our version of paradise. (I’m thinking build a pond and log cabin and fishing…) And “saving our country”. There is never a day in which we are not moving toward these goals.

  2. Howard Forman on August 24, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Could it be that people who already have the higher IQs are more inclined to set goals? I think the cause and effect might be backwards here. Also, those with higher IQs would tend to make better decisions in pursuing those goals, thus putting themselves in better positions to be happy. Sometimes success is simply using the gifts you’ve been blessed with.

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