A Wandering Mind Makes You Sad Say Scientists

November 15th, 2010 - 10:02 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

November 15, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): There have been quite a lot of discussions going around about the advantages of being able to keep your focus. Setting your mind on an objective without veering off the track seems to the key to success. However, the latest studies hint at something else altogether. The key to happiness seems to be in a focused mind as well. The wandering mind can certainly make you sad and it is beneficial to keep it sharply focused say the scientists.

The study has however discovered that the human mind is prone to wander unlike the animal mind. Most people have been found to think of something else while doing a different thing altogether.

A wandering mind is an unhappy one stated Daniel T. Gilbert and Matthew A. Killingsworth, psychologists from Harvard and the co authors of the study. The results of the study have been published in the latest issue of the ‘Science’ journal. The capability of thinking about something that is not occurring at the moment undoubtedly comes with a high emotional cost concluded the researchers.

The study was conducted on 2,500 people who were kept under survey as they went about doing their daily work. Their thoughts and feelings were then collected by means of an iPhone App as well as a written statement. The iPhone contacted the people randomly and the data was collected.

The wandering mind can be an excellent way to foretell how happy we are when engaged in a particular activity said Killingsworth.

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