Daydreaming is a Downer

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November 11, 2010

While working at Science, I wrote this popular science article on a new study suggesting that we may be making ourselves more miserable when we daydream:

Snap out of it! That daydream you’re having about eloping to the Bahamas with Johnny Depp or Angelina Jolie is leaching away your happiness. In a new global study, researchers used iPhones to gauge the mental state of more than 2000 volunteers several times a day—even when they were having sex. The results indicate that, if you want to stay cheerful, you’re better off focusing on the present, no matter how unpleasant it is.

Keep reading at Science

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