As a kid, I was obsessed with the Game of Life. Whenever a new friend came to visit, we’d invariably end up playing – and at some point there would be tears, because the friend would want to stop and I would absolutely have to keep going to find out whether I went into debt sending triplets to sleep-away camp or retired from my job as a cop at age 40. I started thinking about about my zest for Life recently, while reading through “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?“, a new book by Raj Raghunathan, a professor at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. In the book, Raghunathan outlines the multiple ways in which seemingly intelligent, successful people unwittingly sabotage their own chances at happiness. One of the “deadly happiness sins,” as Raghunathan calls the saboteurs, has to do with our need for control over every outcome in our lives. It’s one thing, Raghunathan says, to be focused on achieving a specific objective, like landing a great job or finding a wonderful partner. In fact, he cites research suggesting that people with a higher need for control generally set more ambitious goals and achieve more…. Read full this story
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