by Andrew Yeaton

Do you ever feel like your mind is just drifting away for the better part of your day; almost like you have switched from manual steering to autopilot? A recent study by Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth shows that nearly 50% of the waking day your mind is wandering on other things than your present tasks. What makes this study even more alarming is that findings stated that most of this wandering did not make the participants feel happy. Could it be that you are risking happiness by allowing your brain to go on autopilot and wander away for portions of the day?

The challenge here is to allow yourself to be present in the moment on a consistent basis so your brain can be re-trained to not put itself on autopilot. To learn more about how you can take your mind off of autopilot you can check out this article.