Matt Killingsworth on…
Want to be happier?
Stay in the moment!
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth let people report their feelings in real time.
While doing his PhD research with Dan Gilbert at Harvard, Killingsworth invented a nifty tool for investigating happiness: an iPhone app called Track Your Happiness that captured feelings in real time. Basically, it pings you at random times and asks: How are you feeling right now, and what are you doing?
Data captured from the study is noted in the landmark paper “A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind” (PDF).
So, is it possible that even if my mind is upset, by getting into the present, I stand a better chance of finding more happiness? The cause comes before the effect — unhappiness tends to occur after mind wandering — so, its possibly a cause of unhappiness.
“What we’re doing, who we’re with, what we’re thinking about, have a big influence on our happiness. Yet they’re the very factors that have been [difficult] for scientists to study.” — Matt Killingsworth
The most reliable method for investigating real-world emotion is experience sampling. Do your own mindfulness monitoring — let me know if you end up being happier please — I truly hope this video, article, and PDF report is helpful.
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- Want to be happier? Stay in the moment (ritholtz.com)
- Silver Lining of a mind in the clouds (mindblog.dericbownds.net)
- The power of daydreams: 4 studies on the surprising science of mind-wandering (ted.com)
- 13 TED Talks to cheer you up on a bad day (ted.com)
- How To Get Happy RIGHT NOW: 7 Quick Ways To Feel Better (businessinsider.com)
- The Power of the Mind (rosemarylambert.com)