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Half the time, an average human mind keeps wandering. It
wanders about a third of the time when we are reading, writing or
talking about something. And according to experts these mind
Half the time, an average human mind keeps wandering. It wanders about a third of the time when we are reading, writing or talking about something. And according to experts these mind wanderings are not good for us. They keep us away from being content or happy with what we currently possess or in a general sense from where we stand. Mind wanders off to some dark, not so whimsical places unless it has something nice to wander off to like a good memory or a person it fancies about.
As a result of the abundant psychological research, it has been established that experiences make people more happy than material possessions. For example, if you have finally booked your tickets to Goa after planning the trip for almost a dozen times with your best friends, the anticipation for that trip will any day be more pleasant than the anticipation of the new iPhone 7 you just ordered. Waiting for a material possession tend to make people more impatient. Even a two-day shipping policy on Amazon Prime wouldn't be fast enough for you. In contrast to this, you would be excited for your trip which is a week later, counting each day until you finally depart. There would be a good vibe all around you.
In counter to this belief, one can say that material possessions lasts way more than experiential possessions. Your iPhone wouldnt disappear after a week like that Goa trip. Actually there's a phenomena called hedonic adaptation where we stop appreciating the things we are continuously exposed to. So eventually no matter how excited you were on the day you bought your new Mac, you would eventually get used to it after some days. On the other hand, you could post your Goa trip pictures on Instagram and cherish those moments.
Ending the post, all I would like to say is everyone's mind works differently. We need to strike the right balance between materialistic and experiential exposure which will maximise our happiness. We need to find the right things to look forward to so that when our minds start wandering, it's where it would go.