Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert surveyed over a quarter-million people, asking them what they were thinking while doing different tasks. He found that their minds were wandering 47 percent of the time – and most of the time it went to negative thinking. It appears that even doing something enjoyable doesn’t protect someone against negative thoughts.
“If you ask people to imagine winning the lottery,” Dr. Gilbert says, “they typically talk about the things they would do – ‘I’d go to Italy, I’d buy a boat, I’d lay on the beach’ – and they rarely mention the things they would think. But our data suggest that the location of the body is much less important than the location of the mind, and that the former has surprisingly little influence on the latter. The heart goes where the head takes it, and neither cares much about the whereabouts of the feet.”
How many different ways have we been reminded that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Watch where your head takes your heart today.