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Want to Be Happier? Keep Your Focus

Nearly half the time you're awake, our thoughts drift. And how often your mind wanders is a predictor of how happy you are -- new research finds that the more often you take themselves out of the present moment, the less happy you are.

U.S. News & World Report suggests the following 5 ways to keep yourself in the moment:

  1. Start the day with a focused task. Those who practice a little mindfulness in the morning have a better ability to stay focused throughout the day.
  2. Exercise with mindfulness. You can add mindfulness to your workouts by paying attention to the sensations you are experiencing while you exercise.
  3. Immerse yourself in a good book or movie. Just don't allow yourself to be distracted by a ringing phone or buzzing Blackberry.
  4. Minimize multi-tasking. Force your attention back to the task at hand.
  5. Practice 5 to 10 minutes of daily meditation. Those who practice regular meditation can stop their minds from wandering much faster than those who don't.