In 2014, Timothy Wilson conducted a study in which participants stated that they would pay money to avoid an electric shock.
No surprises there.
However, once they were left alone in the lab room, the inactivity became too much to bear, and people sought to fill the void.
The result? 67% of men and 25% of women chose to press a button to electrically shock themselves rather than sit still with their own thoughts.
Can you relate?
Being present is more than difficult – it can be painful. However, as I’m learning, it is the only way to achieve the true sense of peace we actually crave.
Take some time to sit in silence for a few minutes. What do you feel? Notice?
Take a moment to honor those things, then move on with your day.
P.S. I had a life-changing conversation with Kristi Nelson, author of Wake Up Grateful. She shared her journey with Stage IV cancer and how it gifted her with the ability to unlock a foundation of joy, no matter what circumstance you’re in. Listen to the full conversation on Success 2.0.