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Charlotte Zen Meditation Society Message Board › "A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind" (Scientific Article: "S

"A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind" (Scientific Article: "Science" November 2010)

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Post #: 230
This important article was published fairly recently in the prestigious journal Science (2010) by some Harvard University psychologists. Basically, this article, using a very large sample size of people, found that, when people are thinking about the past or the future, whether those thoughts are dealing with happy or unhappy things, is associated with people being unhappy in the present moment.

This result is of course nothing new to people who are versed in Buddhism, mindful awareness techniques, mystical thought, etc. In fact, a local reference librarian, who has been practicing "mindful awareness" for a very long time, told me that she found it amusing to watch Western psychologists (as in this article) claim to have "discovered" this simple [but difficult to implement, as the "self" must die?], long-known truth. But it's about time modern "mainstream" psychology turned to such activities that will potentially lead to human happiness smile, rather than to focus solely on human psychopathology.

http://www.sciencemag...­
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