Time is passing faster and faster probably because happy

We often feel that time flies and that a day has passed without us realising it. Is this because time really flies or is it an illusion of the brain? Psychologists are here to explain how the brain perceives time.

The passage of time is an immutable fact, but the perception of time changes constantly depending on the environment in which we find ourselves. Psychologists explain that ‘the sense of time passing faster and faster is related to our mechanised routine. When we are in a routine that we are familiar, our brain repeats the same activities every day and requires relatively little energy”. Certain areas of the brain are involved in our perception of time, and a reduction in the activity of these areas reduces the sensitivity to time. This is why people who repeat the same things over and over again in their daily lives feel that time passes pretty quickly.

Conversely, when the normal rhythm of life is disrupted, we feel that time passes very slowly, which is why children always feel that time passes slowly. Psychologists say that ‘the brain takes longer to record new data, process and store information, and growing up is a constant process of recording new data, so children feel time generally passes pretty slowly. As children grow up, they are exposed to less and less new things, so adults feel that time is passing faster and faster’.

The perception of time is also related to the activities that people perform and their psychological state. Psychologists say that ‘when we are comfortable, we use less energy and our brains function more smoothly and mechanically”, which is why we feel that time flies when we are in a happy mood.

It is therefore healthy and important to have the feeling that time is flying, because it means that what we are doing is pleasant and appropriate for us. Meanwhile, we need to find a balance between comfort and freshness so that the perceived length of time is also balanced.

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