Random, unintentional thinking like you do when your mind wanders happens in a different part of the brain than intentional thoughts. Mind wandering can make you anxious and unhappier. This video explains why mind wandering can increase anxiety and make you unhappy. It also outlines two ways that you can stop it.
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