Your intelligence has a huge impact on how happy you are a new study has found, with brighter people having a better quality of life.
People with a higher intelligence have been found to be happier in life compared to those with a lower IQ, a new study has found.
Having a lower IQ has been linked to having a lesser income and poor mental health, contributing to an unhappy life.
The study of 6,870 people, published in the journal Psychological Medicine assessed the subjects intelligence with IQ tests and then asked them questions relating to how happy they are.
The highest proportion of people saying they were ‘very happy’ were found to be those with an IQ of between 120 and 129.
However those with an IQ of between 70 and 79 were the largest group saying they were ‘not too happy’.
The research carried out at University College London said that lower intelligence was linked to having a lower income, worse health and needing help with everyday tasks like shopping or housework – all of which contributed to unhappiness.
IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient and is a measure of relative intelligence determined by a standardised test. The majority of people have an IQ sitting between 85 and 115.
Some celebs up there with the highest IQ’s are Jodie Foster and Nicole Kidman both with an IQ of 132. Madonna has a sky high 140 along with Shakira, whilst science supremo Stephen Hawking wields an impressive 160.