A wandering mind is an unhappy mind

Several ancient traditions have emphasized the merit of ‘being in the moment’ and pay attention to what we are doing.

A landmark scientific study in 2010 backed up this advice. The study found that when people’s minds wandered, they were likely to be unhappy – even if their mind wandered to happy thoughts.

The study also found that our minds wander a lot. The 2250 adults in the study reported that their minds were wandering almost half the time they were engaged in an activity.

When our minds wander, it is a symptom that we aren’t happy with whatever we are doing. Everytime we catch our minds wandering, we have the opportunity to redirect our attention to what we are doing and thereby rewire the brain to be happier.

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