Killingsworth's research found that when our mind wanders we are, on the whole, less happy afterwards. Immediately I began to question this - don't our minds wander to think about beach holidays, the weekend, what we are going to do when we get home for fun?
So for a week following the TED Talk I made a note of my thought patterns, and Killingsworth was right. On the whole my mind wandered because of stress and worry. I didn't have many fantasies of holidays or joyous thoughts of the weekend.
Back in June I shared this post where I commented on how difficult it truly is to be 100% present and share my tricks for staying in the moment. After watching Killingsworth TED Talk I am very aware of my presence day to day. I am also very aware of getting back into the moment as my mind begins to wander. My overall happiness is a terrific motivator in these moments.
What tricks do you use to keep your mind from wandering?