Visitors Now:
Total Visits:
Total Stories:
Profile image
By CoyotePrime (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Chet Raymo, “The iPhone Way of Happiness”

Thursday, September 22, 2016 15:41
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

“The iPhone Way of Happiness”
by Chet Raymo

“Humans spend a lot of time thinking about stuff other than the activity they are currently engaged in, such as things that happened in the past, things that might happen in the future, or things that might never happen at all. Psychologists call this “stimulus-independent thought” or “mind wandering.” I reckon it’s what the rest of us call day dreaming. Presumably, it’s this capacity of the human mind to wander that enables us to learn, reason and plan. But does it make us happy? Is living in the moment the secret of bliss, as some gurus tell us? Or does fantasizing a happy scenario make us happier than focusing on the task at hand, say, peeling the potatoes?

As reported in “Science,” a couple of Harvard researchers set out to answer to these questions. They devised an iPhone app that calls people at random moments during normal waking hours, asks what they are doing, whether their mind is wandering, and how happy they are at the moment. The researchers have compiled quite a large data base. The results are represented in the following graph of mean happiness during each activity (top) and while the mind is wandering to unpleasant, neutral, and pleasant topics, or not wandering at all (bottom). The size of the circle indicates the percentage of responses.

Click image for larger size.

As I read the graph, daydreaming gets you nowhere as far as happiness is concerned, and working is the pits. Peeling the potatoes is so-so; eating them is better. Praying doesn’t take up much of people’s time, but it makes them marginally happier. Chatting and jogging brings cheer to your life. Making love is far and away the road to bliss.

The lesson of the research? Stop your daydreaming, and whatever else you are doing- blogging, reading blogs, eating or sleeping. Whisper sweet nothings in your honey’s ear and show him/her this graph. Maybe you’ll get lucky. And hope the phone doesn’t ring.”

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.