When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We’re often happiest when we’re lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment – Matt Killingsworth

Hat tip Brain Pickings

Category: Psychology, Video

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4 Responses to “Want to be happier? Stay in the moment”

  1. Tim says:

    Guess I’ll have to quit visiting blogs like this since they make my mind wander……:~(

  2. Manofsteel11 says:

    1. There is a cultural bias toward being happy – one can be content and productive, aggravated yet innovative, suffering while learning a lot, and happy yet doped.
    2. Not all people report that same happiness – joy and elation are not the same as daily happiness or long-term well-being. Sensual happiness is not the same as intellectual pleasure. They stem from different causes and produce different effects.
    3. App using persons are not a representative statistical sample of the human race or even US citizens
    Nevertheless, this lecture is amusing in a non-scientific way and philosophic in a popular way

  3. victor says:

    Carpe diem, Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Gaudeamus igitur and more of the same: nothing new here, the young man is simply repackaging old wisdom?

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