Magazine article Success

Editor's Note

Magazine article Success

Editor's Note

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While we were putting this issue together, I read about a research project being conducted by an associate of Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., at Harvard; Gilbert is the author of a few best-sellers, including Stumbling Upon Happiness, and has been studying the subject for decades. According to The Harvard Business Review, Gilbert's doctoral student. Matthew Killingsworth is conducting a truly ground-breaking experiment: He has recruited more than 15,000 people in 83 countries to tell him--via an app on their smartphones--what they are doing and how they are feeling at different points in the day, rating their mood anywhere from very bad to very good.

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Its no surprise that having sex puts people in an excellent mood, but what interested me most about Killingsworth's findings is that people's minds tend to do a significant amount of wandering. They wander the most when they're commuting (which explains why I often sail past my exit) and when taking long strolls. …

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