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If You're A Daydream Believer, Reconsider: Harvard Study Finds People Happier When They Focus On The Moment

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It's possible people are happier when engaged in the present because they find these moments engaging for immeasurable or imperceptible reasons. So when they're living in these objectively positive or negative moments, they are happy.

But the ultimate question is whether a scientific study can accurately measure happiness. If happiness is a passing feeling, the time it takes to answer an iPhone application may throw off the measurement. But if happiness is a long-term, steady state of being, perhaps your feelings in each moment cannot indicate how happy you are.

There's more on the study in the Harvard Gazette here.

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Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.


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