Nov 8, 2012

TED Video: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment. - Sounds like age old wisdom.

I really enjoyed this TED video by Matt Killingsworth. He suggests that if we want to be happier, we should stay in the moment. Matt shares his studies, using modern mobile technology, and the interesting results he found.

I am totally guilty of not living in the moment, even as I type this I am stressing just a little bit about upcoming travels and the busyness of my day. I thought it was beautiful that the results echoed this age old wisdom:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6: 25-34

Matt shared the graph to the left. When we let our mind wander, we are less happy. When we stay in the present (like Jesus commands) we are more happy.

Today I will try to live in the moment. Instead of letting my mind wander. Instead of worrying about what I will eat or drink or wear, I will try to live in the moment. Instead of passing folks on the street that God loves, to accomplish some lousy task, I will try to love Him and love others. I will try to seek first His Kingdom.

What distracts you from living in the moment and focusing on His Kingdom and His righteousness?

Is there a step you could take to cut out these mind-wandering distractions?

Who can you engage with today instead of passing them by?  

What matters most now and for eternity?
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