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A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind

19 Jul 2014 2:42 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

We often cite this fascinating (and very readable) experience sample study out of Harvard Psychology.

Killingsworth & Gilbert (2010) A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind.pdf

Matthew Killingsworth collected a lot of data and makes two really interesting and important assertions:

1) People's minds wander about half the time

2) We are generally happier if we are paying attention to the task we're doing, regardless of what that task might be. Doing a desirable task does affect our happiness, but paying attention matters more.


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