Fastcompany posted an article about a Harvard study using an iPhone app to track what a person is doing throughout the day.
“That last question proved to be the key to the study, which concluded that a main cause of people’s unhappiness is how frequently their minds wander. According to the app, 46.9 percent of people’s time is spent thinking on something other than what they’re doing. And using a bit of statistical wizardry, study authors Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert were able to tease out that that mind-wandering was in fact the cause of much of the unhappiness. In fact, what activity a person was engaged in only accounted for about 5 percent of a person’s happiness, whereas whether that person’s mind was on- or off-task accounted for over 10 percent.”
Their conclusion – “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind” is not new to us. I think it is great we are using our toys to not only prove it, but as guides to mindfulness and happiness. With Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose we are seeing more support for being happy as a valid state of being. Now we have an app that will help us get it.