Nov 16, 2010

A wandering mind is an unhappy mind

A study has found that a wandering mind and daydreaming can make you unhappy.

The massive amounts of daydreaming that people do, may be less beneficial than was previously thought.

Although people feel like thinking about places they’d rather be isn’t doing them too much harm, psychologists have now found that this often contributes to the feelings of unhappiness that attack many people.

“A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost,” said the two head psychologists working on the study, Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert. Killingsworth and Gilbert are both from Harvard University, and the study was published in ‘Science’.