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Happiness is a Focused Mind

HealthDay news imageWhen people’s minds wandered, they reported more dissatisfaction, study found

From a November 11, 2010 Health Day news item

THURSDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) — If you want to be happy, try to stay focused.

New research shows that when people’s minds drifted from the task or activity at hand, they reported being less happy than when they were fully engaged in whatever they were doing.

The human mind is uniquely capable of wandering — that is, to ponder things that have happened, to anticipate things that will happen, and to plan for things that might happen, explained study author Matthew Killingsworth, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Harvard University. The ability is one of the traits that makes human beings human, he noted.

Yet, cognitive wandering comes at a cost, which is that when people are thinking about something other than what they’re doing, they feel less happy, the researchers discovered…

….The study is published in the Nov. 12 issue of Science.




November 14, 2010 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Health News Items | ,

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