A wandering mind is an unhappy mind

Science. 2010 Nov 12;330(6006):932. doi: 10.1126/science.1192439.


We developed a smartphone technology to sample people's ongoing thoughts, feelings, and actions and found (i) that people are thinking about what is not happening almost as often as they are thinking about what is and (ii) found that doing so typically makes them unhappy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attention*
  • Cell Phone
  • Happiness*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Regression Analysis
  • Software
  • Thinking*
  • Young Adult