Wandering Mind May Lead to Unhappiness
Posted November 14, 2010on:
People are happiest when having sex, exercising, or talking to others — in large part because such activities require enough concentration to keep their minds from wandering, new research indicates.
In general, people spend almost half their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing in the present, and this “mind wandering” typically causes unhappiness, study author Matthew A. Killingsworth, a doctoral student at Harvard University, tells WebMD.
Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert, PhD, a psychology professor at Harvard, used a new type of iPhone “app” to gather 250,000 data points on the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people as they went about their daily lives.