Daydreaming is one of my fortés. One of my go-to activities to become a recluse, to invigorate my daily life, to give magic to the mundane, to revel in possibility. I have found myself one too many times turning my eyesight inwards to explore and create lands and versions of reality I either wish to live in or need to work through. And while the daydreaming land has been defined in the past as a waste of time, the conversation for the future is being redefined.
With studies that show the positive side effects and benefits to daydreaming, your imagination is no longer perceived as a waste of time in our capitalistic society. Imagination and the places your brain wanders to when wondering inward have actually been linked to better memory and imagination.
Here are the main benefits of daydreaming:
Daydreamers are more likely to be creative…
A study at University of California Santa Barbara has shown that daydreaming has correlations to creative problem-solving skills. Tapping into that area of your free flowing subconscious only makes sense to be linked to creativity for imagination is running wild when daydreaming.
Outfit from Pink Lagoon
Daydreamers have enhanced memories…
Specifically working memory. Working memory is when you are able to retain and recall information with distractions. This study published in Psychological Science says “that daydreaming helps develop and maintain the neural networks that assist memory.”
Daydreamers have a larger sense of empathy…
Better memory, creative skills, and a larger sense of empathy? In case you needed any more convincing. It is said that daydreaming helps individuals view scenarios from different perspectives, allowing them to relate to others with empathy.
Daydreamers create the lives they want to live…
Ok this one isn’t backed up with studies, this is just my natural intuition. Daydreamers have imaginations that no know limits. The result of an imagination that runs wild? The idea that you could be or do anything. Out of the box ways of living or out of the box business ideas are reserved for the daydreamer. The daydreamer takes their imagination and makes it a reality.
Right now? I am daydreaming of Italy’s countryside, a beach with pristine white sand and clear blue waters, a closet that is perfectly color coordinated, a Midcentury Modern home equipped with an updated kitchen, a travel itinerary that is both whimsical and eye-opening, a gala and an evening dress, a bouquet of flowers, a library with books from ceiling to hardwood floor.
What do you daydream about?