While doing his PhD research with Dan Gilbert at Harvard, Matt 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 became the landmark paper “A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind” (PDF)
The conclusion - ‘staying in the moment makes you happier‘ is based on an impressive sample - 650,000 reports (15,000 people from 80 countries ranging 18-80 years old in 86 occupational categories).
While you can realize that being in the moment makes your happier, doing it becomes even more paramount. By practicing mindfulness meditation you will have a tool to be happier everyday.
Without further ado, watch Matt Killngsworth TEDx talk.
Matt Killingsworth TEDx Talk:
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