Study: A Focused Mind is a Happy Mind

Written by on November 12, 2010 in Prevention with 0 Comments
Study: A Focused Mind is a Happy Mind

A woman's mind wanders

In a study recently published in the journal Science, researchers found that people were generally less happy when their minds were wandering, compared to when they were focused and engaged in whatever they were doing in the moment.

The study was based on data collected from 2,250 people and used an iPhone app, which pinged users at various times through the day and required them to answer questions about where their mind was at the time, and what they’re level of happiness was.

“People often think about pursuing happiness in terms of choosing the right activities and external experiences,” stated Matthew Killingsworth, a Harvard University psychology doctoral student.

“Based on our data, we find that much more important than the activity you’re engaging in is how often you leave the present and what you think about when you do,” he added. “If you could actually focus on the present and remain focused, you might get more pleasure out of an experience than if you were pleasantly distracted.”

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