Friday, February 4, 2011

When Your Mind Wanders...

According to recent research done at Harvard, our minds wander away from what we are doing 47% of the time. That's almost half of us "wandering" at any given time!

People's minds are most likely to wander during personal grooming and least likely during sex.

A really interesting conclusion from the research is that day dreaming tends to produce unhappiness. Over the several months of the study, the people whose minds wandered the most were the least happy.

The timing of mind wandering versus mood was tracked and the evidence showed that day dreaming causes mood to drop, not the other way around.

Read more about this interesting research in this New York Times article.

What's the relevance of this to neurofeedback? Staying in the present moment becomes easier, and being in the present moment (rather than wanting to be somewhere else) brings contentment.

You're welcome to post comments here on this interesting topic or ask questions about neurofeedback. You can also email me confidentially.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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