The Wandering Mind vs. the Here & Now

02/15/2016 , No Comments

Harvard Psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert found in their studies that 46.9% of the time, our minds are somewhere else. They concluded that “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.”

Being present helps you:

  • Maintain full attention

  • Make better decisions

  • Communicate better

  • Perform your job better

(1) Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert. “A Wandering Mind is an Unhappy Mind.”

Further reading:

Lauren Schenkman. “Daydreaming is a Downer.” Science Magazine. November 11, 2010. (Full Article)