This is another study that validates what we have long known: intelligence does not guarantee happiness. You can be the smartest and still be an unhappy fellow.LONDON (Reuters) --- Being intelligent is no guarantee of a happy old age, researchers said on Friday.
They studied 550 people born in Scotland in 1921 whose mental ability had been tested at age 11 and again at 80 to determine if intelligence over a lifetime was linked to happiness.
"In older people there seems to be no relationship between how well they do on tests of their mental ability and thinking memory skills and how satisfied they are with their life," said Alan Gow, of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
The study, which is published in the British Medical Journal, looked at how people maintain their mental ability as they age and the impact it has on their lives in an effort to discover the secret of successful aging.
[ Reuters Health, Jul 15 2005]
Of course, personally, I think being intelligent can help a person be happy, but not all the time. Remember the saying that ignorance is bliss? Well, it is true. The more we know, the more disturbed we become. Questions and uncertainties abound. The search for answers is an unending quest. There are people who die miserably being restless as the answers to their questions escaped them.
"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." --- Mark Twain