According to a recent research in the field of cognition, the unique ability of our minds to think about something other than what we are currently doing typically makes us feel unhappy about our lives.
The results suggest that our moment-to-moment daily experiences are linked somehow to our sense of happiness which is also highly sensitive. One of the most influential processes that runs through our minds without us even noticing could be used as a predictor of our happiness. It’s called mind-wandering. After deep research and collection of data of thousands of respondents scientists have discovered that a wandering mind is often not a happy one as well. The incredible cognitive achievement of our minds to be able to contemplate future outcomes and the ability to think about what is not happening eventually comes at a great emotional cost.
Mind-wandering is making us generally unhappy because when we do let our minds wander we usually think of bad things that have happened to us in the past or that could potentially happen in the future. This is why many believe that living in the present might enable us to cope more effectively with the negative moments and draw more happiness from the good ones.