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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.
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.
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.
We have something like a fixed "friendship budget." Extroverts may have more friends, but their friendships are not as close as those of introverts. We spend about 3,5 hours a day on social interaction. Your closest 5 friends get 40%, the other 10 in the group of 15 get the next 20%. And the last 135 friends get about 37 seconds a day.
The lesson is that you can't add time; you can only distribute it differently. Know who is important to you and prioritise them.
Money cannot buy happiness, but there is a new kind of association found between money and our perception towards it: comparison with other people's wealth.
Money by itself is a tool that can provide us with food, shelter, comfort and clothing. The connection between our happiness and our own wealth is overshadowed by the connection between our happiness and other people's subjective socioeconomic status.
Gossip is a key social skill that helps ensure our healthy integration into human society.
Gossiping with somebody is a way of bringing people closer within your social group, checking that they share your views, and bonding over shared positions and judgements. The people you gossip most with, therefore, are the ones with whom you're the closest.