Why Being Present Makes Us Happier

According to the Huffington Post, 2014 has been the year of mindfulness (where more people have started to get interested in bringing elements from meditation into their everyday lives).

There is now quite a bit of scientific data published as to why this might be a good idea.  According to research carried out by Matt Killingsworth (www.trackyourhappiness.org), it turns out that being more present actually makes us happier.  Killingsworth carried out a survey with over 65,000 participants on their iPhones measuring how much their minds were wandering and how happy they were.  The results were surprising and we’ve included them in this infographic below.

But it doesn’t stop at being happier.  The research shows that being more present, or taking part in courses to learn mindfulness leads to improvements in academic performance, sporting performance, stress levels and it can even have an affect on how well you sleep. Finally, if you think that this mindfullness stuff might be helpful for you, we’ve included some pointers and ideas to start to bring more of it into your everyday life.  Enjoy!

Being Present Makes Us Happier

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