Daydreams are fantasies about your future (or present or past)!
When will you dream when you are awake? You know, daydreaming! It is a daily occurrence for many or most of us. Depending on whom you believe, half, up to the vast majority of us, daydreams.
Daydreams “are fantasies or mental images about the future,” explains Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at New York University and author of Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation. Usually in the future; you can daydream about something that is going on now or happened in the past.
If you find yourself daydreaming regularly, you have a very active brain! “Many times, the ‘dialogue’ that occurs when the daydreaming mind cycles through different parts of the brain [e.g. memory, self-knowledge, and self-reflection] accesses information that was dormant or out of reach,” said Eugenio M. Rothe, a psychiatrist at Florida International University.
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There are 3 benefits that daydreaming does for you.
1. When you let your daydreams go wild, it promotes innovation & creativity.
2. Your imagination expands your reality.
3. Daydreaming fosters connectivity.
First, when you let your brain wander, it has no limitations. It allows you to be free to roam. You can travel unknown tracks into unfamiliar space. Daydreaming inspires you to do something new and to chase unfulfilled asks. Daydreaming improves your creativity. You are not thinking or feeling about a problem you have been trying to solve. Bam! When you come up with some of your best ideas, it is because you’re daydreaming.
Second, daydreaming pushes you beyond your reality. You say phrases like, “It’s impossible!” “We cannot do that!” Your mind raises your awareness of the beyond. And in doing so, you imagine the surplus of possibilities that can make your goals or dreams become a reality.
Last, you include others in your daydreams. Naturally! We have been visionaries with people since the dawn of time. Daydreaming nurtures your connection to your fellow humans. When you expand your potentials, you see different people and the possible links with them when you daydream.
There are many more advantages of daydreaming. I may explore them in a later post. Remember, your daydreams can become infinite if you do it OFTEN!
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