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Want to be happier? Stay in the moment - Matt Killingsworth

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When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

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Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Read a paper about Aristotle's Ethics: The Theory of Happiness.Track Your Happiness.org is a new scientific research project that investigates what makes life worth living. Using this iPhone application, you’ll be able to track your happiness and find out what factors – for you personally – are associated with greater happiness. You’ll also contribute to our scientific understanding of happiness.
In Psychology Today, an article from March 9, 2013 by social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky about "7 Myths About Happiness" explores how nearly all of us buy into beliefs that certain adult achievements, like marriage, kids, jobs, and wealth, will make us forever happy.In his TED Talk, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong -- a premise he supports with intriguing research and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness.Stumbling on Happiness is a non-fiction book by Daniel Gilbert, with the central thesis that, through perception and cognitive biases, people imagine the future poorly, in particular what will make them happy.
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KOLAWOLE BAKARE • Abuja-Nigeria, Nigeria • COMPLETED LESSON
mind wandering is part of predicting the future, now if we think of the future then it can't really be a bad thing can it?
06/29/2015 • 
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1. What kinds of things bring you the most happiness? The least happiness? Elaborate. 2. What other patterns do you notice with your own happiness? Explain. 3. What is the relationship between 'mind wandering' and 'day dreaming'?
01/06/2015 • 
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1. What is more important to you, $ or : )? 2. At what time of day are you most happy? 3. What do you think the difference is between 'mind wandering' and 'day dreaming'? 4. How do you feel right now? 5. What do you do to make others happy?
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I strongly think we should revise our needs. Basically I assume that the needs we have the less happy we are. In conclusion , if happines means to satisfy our needs we have to rank them and to decide to focus our attention on the most meaningful.
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happiness is the key for stress free life
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