According to Harvard researchers, we spend 46.9 percent of our time thinking about something other than what we're doing, and this 'mind wandering' is making us unhappy. As other cultures have advocated for centuries, it turns out we're at our happiest when we allow ourselves to live in the 'here and now' and fully engage in the task at hand. The problem with paying attention in this way is that our minds are naturally programmed to wander off. The chances are that even though you set out to read this article, it won't be long before you just start scanning it while you think about or distract yourself with something else. Used excessively, this cognitive ability, for the mind to leave the present and wander off, comes at an emotional price, making us far more susceptible to stress, anxiety and depression. So how can you and your workforce rediscover 'paying attention' to increase engagement and happiness levels?
25 June 2015