Wandering Minds

“Wandering Minds”

A study that came out in November 2010 found that wandering minds make people unhappy.

The study found that people spend about half their time thinking about being somewhere else, or doing something else. The researchers tracked 2,250 people using an iPhone app that contacted them at random intervals to ask how happy they were, what they were doing, and whether they were thinking about it or something else. They found that 46.9 percent of the time the people were thinking about something else, and as a result were unhappy.

“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” wrote psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University in the journal Science.

Suggested applications

●We need purpose in life to be happy.

●Our thought life usually determines our happiness, which is why Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right….”

Reference: “‘Wandering minds’ make people unhappy: study,” sg.news.yahoo.com (11/12/10)

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