Want to be happy? Stay focused!

A recently published study concluded that the more your mind wanders, the less happy it is. That is, staying focused and present might go a long way to increasing your satisfaction and fulfillment in life.

The study was conducted in a novel way – using the iPhone. An application that people voluntarily downloaded to the iPhone randomly questioned participants about their current mental state – what they were thinking about, and how happy the felt. People who living in the present – attending to the task at hand or the environment around them – were significantly happier than those who were off in the world of daydreams.

Now, you may be thinking the same thing that went through my mind when reading this – that people who are unhappy with what they are doing are more likely to daydream, and so the results may indicate that daydreaming is a result of unhappiness rather than a cause of it. However, the researchers address that question in the study and seem to be convinced that the wandering mind is the source of the discontent rather than a product of it. Have a look yourself if you are interested in learning more.

In a way, it makes sense. There is a certain satisfaction or enjoyment that comes with being focused. And within the realm of wellness, spirituality and self-help, there is much emphasis on the power of being present, living in the now.

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3 Comments

  1. mmorpg says:

    Happiness is not something anyone else can give us… or take away from us. Happiness is what we make of our lives… or don’t. Whatever our circumstances, we can create a joyful life… or a miserable life. It is up to us.

  2. Donald Thompson says:

    I have been looking for something like this. I suffer with Depression, ADHD and have found, for myself, that when I am focused on a book, learning a language or something that is stimulating the brain, I am much happier. I only wished I would have learned this a decade ago. If you suffer with the same things I do. Take a class, Learn a language or just ingage your mind somehow. You will be better for doing it for yourself.
    Don

  3. Majo says:

    I guess we’re happy when we’re able to accomplish something when we’re focused on accomplishing something in the present time instead of daydreaming and not achieving anything. :)

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