I Am a Happy Wanderer…

This from the Huffington Post and NYT:

A new study by Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth, confirms something we’ve all suspected: most of us are mentally checked out a good portion of the time.

This study shows that just under half the time, 46.9 percent to be exact, people are doing what’s called “mind wandering”.  They are not focused on the outside world or the task at hand, they are looking into their own thoughts. Unfortunately, the study of 2,250 people proposes, most of this activity doesn’t make us feel happy.

The study was designed to find out what kind of activities people did throughout a day, and which made them happiest. Mind wandering was just one of 22 possible activities people could list. 

Researchers found that people were at their happiest when making love, exercising, or engaging in conversation. They were least happy when resting, working, or using a home computer.

People reported that their mind wandered no less than 30 percent of the time, during everything except love making.

I’m sorry, were you saying something?

6 thoughts on “I Am a Happy Wanderer…

  1. This might mean I’m hyper-normal, since I spend a good fifty per-cent of my time wandering amongst my own neurons. But it also predicts unhappiness in the majority of seniors, who are often isolated, lack partners or physical ability for lovemaking, and who don’t exercise as much because…well, they lack partners or physical ability. It does, however, lay out an excellent outline for an assisted living facility social program–whee!


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