There are studies that show most people spend half the day thinking about something other than what they are presently doing.
And there is the iPhone mind-wandering study that concludes that people are not as happy when they are not thinking about what they are doing.
The wandering mind is not going to ever make us happy.
Focusing on the present is almost a magic pill because it starts working immediately.
When our mind wanders, we allow negative thoughts to get in – obsessing and ruminating.
To measure how often your mind wanders you can download an app at trackyourhappiness.org.
A few times a day you’ll receive a notice to answer some questions about your experience at that moment. Over time, you come away with an accurate picture of your life and what prevents you from being happy.
Or, the short course: focus on the present, discourage mind-wandering and feel happier.
Subscribe to these Day Starters for free here.
Share them with friends and family by forwarding this email or posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media with my permission.
Order my book Out of Bad Comes Good, The Advantages of Disadvantages here.
Don’t want to get these emails anymore? Unsubscribe below.
Read more recent articles:
Comment on Happiness by Focusing