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Amplify’d from www.psychologytoday.com

New study shows humans are on auto pilot nearly half the time

Humans are mentally checked out, unhappily, nearly half the time

Researchers found that people were at their happiest when making love, exercising, or engaging in conversation. They were least happy when resting, working, or using a home computer.

People reported that they mind wandered no less than 30% of the time, during everything except love making. And here’s the kicker: people report being unhappy during mind wandering.Something that we do nearly half the time makes us unhappy! No wonder there are so many spiritual and religious traditions trying to implore people to ‘live in the present’.

Whether people are mind wandering turns out to be a better predictor of happiness than the actual activies people are engaged in. Think about just one implications of this finding: it explains why one person’s hell on earth (say, filling in forms) can be another person’s heaven, if they find themselves focused on the task.

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Amplify’d from www.economist.com
The U-bend of life

Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older

ASK people how they feel about getting older, and they will probably reply in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier: “Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative.” Stiffening joints, weakening muscles, fading eyesight and the clouding of memory, coupled with the modern world’s careless contempt for the old, seem a fearful prospect—better than death, perhaps, but not much. Yet mankind is wrong to dread ageing. Life is not a long slow decline from sunlit uplands towards the valley of death. It is, rather, a U-bend.

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