When are you most happy?
It’s a tough question, I know, but just take a moment and think about it.
Personally, I always feel most happy when I’m deeply engaged in something. It could be anything really, but always something that requires my complete and utter attention.
Whether it’s writing an article, a deep conversation, playing a video game, or preparing an elaborate meal – – I get into a zone and never want to get out of it.
I’m most productive in this state, and it is often accompanied by a sense of accomplishment.
But apparently this is not the only reason I end up in a happy state. A study by Matt Killingsworth posits that “stimulus-independent thought”, or “mind wandering”, actually causes people to be substantially less happy.
The reason for this is mostly because when your mind wanders, it usually goes to an unpleasant place. But in fact, the study showed that even if a mind wandered towards a pleasant thought, people still reported being slightly less happy on average.
You can read more about his method and findings here: Science Mag – A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind
I think the most important lesson is to live in the moment. To be ever-present and engaged in whatever we are doing.
Even if you are just watching TV, do it with some passion and focus!
Enjoy the moment, don’t waste it by thinking about something that you need to get done later.
Time is your most precious commodity. If you’re deciding to spend it on something, make sure you maximize the enjoyment.
- The mind wanders but it can go home again (coolintl.com)
- Letting Your Mind Wander (drvitelli.typepad.com)