It’s not considered healthy to go chasing rainbows in the sun, or spin a web of unrealistic dreams where we have a fantasy lifestyle, career and home.
Here is a newsflash for you — letting your mind wander is not all bad! Using your imagination and reaching out into the corners of your brain comes with some benefits (besides the fact that its so much fun!).
It Allows You To Discover Your True Self
What is imagination? It stems from an idea…and idea in your head that can be the portal for limitless possibilities and opportunities. When you allow your mind to wander, you get to know your real self. What are your real thoughts — the ones you don’t try to control or rationalize? Imagine new possibilities and they will present themselves to you!
It could be just as easy as that…or at least, it will give you a clear direction towards your goals and keep you focused along the way.
It Helps Boots Imagination and Creativity
We live in a world where a lot of people turn their dreams into successful careers. If you love something, you are bound to be good at it.
A wandering mind revs up your imagination and gets your creative juices flowing. A child’s imaginative powers help ground them to reality as well, according to research.
It Can Make You Smarter
Yup, you heard us right! Daydreaming can help you remember more information and make you smarter. A study done at University of Wisconsin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, has found that a wandering mind correlates with higher degrees to our ‘working memory’. Our dreams and goals hold a high personal meaning for us. While IQ tests and traditional intelligence mapping tests only take into consideration a person’s ‘general memory’, the variables change when a person is engaged in something that is personally meaningful to them. Daydreaming allows you to be in better sync with your dreams and goals, and keeps you sharper and more focused.
It Makes You Empathetic
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation,” said JK Rowling in her Harvard commencement address in 2008.
And she’s absolutely right. Research has shown that there is a strong link between memory, imagination and empathy. You can feel empathetic towards someone else’s problems even when you haven’t experienced them simply because you are more imaginative.
It Enhances Memory
Self imagination enhances memory, according to psychological studies. When you create fictional scenarios in your head, your brain has a way to connect thoughts that sharpens your memory. You may be able to recall information based on these memories in case you ever need memory rehabilitation.
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