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Here's why intelligent people are happiest alone

The Savannah Theory

The Savannah Theory or the Evolutionary Legacy Hypothesis suggests that we respond or react to circumstances just as our ancestors did.

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Here's why intelligent people are happiest alone

Here's why intelligent people are happiest alone

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/11/why-very-smart-people-are-happiest-alone/

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Happy Alone

A brand new study finds out that while normally, people are happy when they are surrounded by friends, the really smart ones seem to be happier when they are alone.

The Savannah Theory

The Savannah Theory or the Evolutionary Legacy Hypothesis suggests that we respond or react to circumstances just as our ancestors did.

150 People

A variety of different domains point out to the fact that our brains function best in a group of 150 people around us, not more. This includes early civilization evidence and the number of holiday greetings that people send in a year.

People Are Distracting

Smart people find that being a lot with other people distracts them from their aspirations and goals.

They find people around them annoying after a while, as they have better, more productive things to do, which they prefer doing alone.

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