Daydreamers Live in Unhealthy State

A new research by Harvard researchers has found that people, who daydream a lot, remain in an unhappy state.

The study, which was led by Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University psychologists suggests that people squander around 47% of their daily hours in thinking and the persistent inflow of the thoughts makes them unhappy.

The researchers said, "A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost".

The findings of the study are based on the data of 2,250 participants gathered from an iPhone app specially created by Killingsworth to assess happiness. The app collected 250,000 data points associated with the thoughts, feelings and actions of the participants. The subjects were asked randomly about their state of happiness, their doings and what they were contemplating about past incidents or the future.

It was found people remain distressed when they were taking rest, working or using a computer at home, but were happy when they made love, exercised and indulged into talks. The participants responded that their mind was not at rest for an average of 46.9% of the time and the mind wandered for at least 30% of the time in all of them, except in the situation of making love.

While eating or walking, mind of the participants wandered over 30% of the time. And at the time of the wandering of the mind, when they were asked about their state of happiness, they were found unhappy.

Mind-wandering was present during all activities, except love making.