New research from Harvard suggests that:
People spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they’re doing, and this mind-wandering typically makes them unhappy.
Time-lag analyses conducted by the researchers suggested that their subjects’ mind-wandering was generally the cause, not the consequence, of their unhappiness.
“Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and to ‘be here now,’” Killingsworth and Gilbert note in Science. “These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”
Check it out on a Web site called Track Your Happiness.org; they used an iPhone app to track people’s happiness and activities in real-time.
Mindfulness and meditation may help us stay focused and positive. Less daydreaming and ruminating might reduce stress-related overeating. I keep a daily gratitude list to be in touch with positive things in my life. How do you stay positive?