Do You Daydream (Mind-Wandering) Instead of Concentrating?

• 1. New research (11.15.12) at UCSF (University of California), published in the journal, Clinical Psychological Science, reports that Daydreaming instead of focused Attention, causes Unhappiness and premature Aging.

• 2. We (Speedreading101), like verified statistics before we believe. For example: when folks are at work, almost half-of-the-time, we are thinking of what’s for dinner, bills to be paid, or the next vacation.

• 3. Harvard researchers Dr. Daniel Gilbert and Dr. Mathew Killingsworth, say the average person (get this!) daydreams, 47% of the time – while they’re awake.

• How much? Repeat it out loud – 47% of their working day.

• 4. So what? They get their work done, right? It’s “Not Alright”. We are happiest (mentally and physically) when we are focused and attending to one-thing-at-a-time. Daydreaming programs our brain to use less of our Prefrontal cortex for learning & long-term memory.

• 5. We pay no attention to “mind-wandering”, but it hurts our immune system activity. Daydreaming lowers our positive mood time, reduces longevity (length of your life), and daily health.

• 6. We pay least Attention (concentrate) when driving in traffic (commuting), and when working at our occupation. We daydream only 10% when we are engaged in Sex. Makes sense?

• 7. Let’s change the subject before we suggest how to overcome
Daydreaming. Did you know that Harvard University has the largest endowment (money-in-the-bank) of any school?

• How much? $30.7 BILLION. Yale has $19.4 B, and Columbia, with $7.65 Billion. And they say there’s no dinero in education.

• 8. Back to Daydreaming (mind-wandering). “Telomeres” are the tips (ends) of our chromosomes – located in our DNA. Get this:

• 9. The shorter our DNA “telomeres” (remember that name), the faster we contact diseases, and cash-in our chips.

• 10. Goal: the greater you focus on the present, the more you are engaged with your goals, and pay attention to the here-and-now, the longer you live. Google: telomeres, and telomerace.

• Stop! That a TIP for living longer, healthier, and happier.

• 11. Would you invest 4-5 minutes twice-a-day to create an enzyme in your brain called telomerace that helps you be happier, healthier, and live longer?

• 12. For Brainiacs: telomerace is responsible for protecting and even replenishing your telomeres for health and longevity.

• 13. Step One: Sit-down, please close your eyes, and relax.

• Step: Two: Take a deep Diaphragmatic Breath, and on exhaling,
mentally repeat and visualize yourself Smiling, and making the sound Hum-m, 4x. Do this inhale-and-exhale four-times, a total of 16 Hum-m sounds. It takes about 90-seconds.

• Step: Three: Repeat this diaphragmatic-breathing exercise a second time, about 4pm. Remember, mentally visualize yourself
Smiling. On exhaling, make the sound, “Hum-m, Hum-m, Hum-m & Hum-m.

Endwords: this is an important health strategy; we suggest you start it soon. It’s a “mind-experiment”, and you be the judge.

See ya,

Copyright © 2012, H. Bernard Wechsler

Author's Bio: 

H. Bernard Wechsler, business partner of Evelyn Wood,
creator of speed reading, graduating 2-million, including the White house staffs of four U.S. Presidents.

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