12 November 2010

WASHINGTON (AFP) - – A US study out Thursday suggests that people spend about half of their time thinking about being somewhere else, or doing something other than what they are doing, and this perpetual act of mind-wandering makes them unhappy.

"A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind," wrote psychologists Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert of Harvard University in the journal Science.

"The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost."

Wandering minds are also reported to consume more energy than a focussed mind.

This explains a lot. Cannabis, computers, science.

Calm me with your firehose.