iPhone App Gauges Your Happiness
And finds that daydreaming is tied to bad moods
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Jill Small, of Los Angeles, holds her iPhone 4 during an interview with the Associated Press, Friday, July 16, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Turns out the all-powerful iPhone can also moonlight as your personal therapist, by way of the "Track Your Happiness" app. The app pings users at random times during the day, asking how they're feeling and what they're doing. Researchers looked at the responses of 2,250 adults and found a link between daydreaming and unhappiness: Responders said they were daydreaming almost 47% of the time, and the daydreamers were more likely to say they felt down in the dumps, Mashable reports.

But that doesn’t mean daydreaming equals unhappiness, an expert cautions in the Boston Globe. In fact, letting your mind wander helps solve problems, and may be important to creativity. “Even if there are times when mind-wandering causes one to be unhappy, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not the thing that one should be doing,” he notes. For those who want to play along, here's the website for the app.

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Nov 15, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Thanks Matt, for your balanced and sane approach to this story. A wandering mind is a result not a cause of unhappiness. How we feel about what we are doing determines our happiness and our levels of attention. When we are enjoying what we are doing we pay attention to it. When we don't particularly enjoy what we are doing our mind wanders. When we focus our time and attention on things we like and find pleasurable we feel energized, enthusiastic and excited. When we focus on things we think are bad we feel sad, angry, anxious or dissatisfied. Our Focus Determines Our Feelings. See: http://HappinessHabit.com and http://Creating-Happiness.com MicheleMoore Happy1 ~ HappinessHabit.com