Can Daydreaming Be Proven As “Good For You”?


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Your happy place, a place where you can go to escape the real world. The average human spends about ⅓ of their time awake daydreaming.


Is daydreaming all that bad? “I can see it as helping a person’s creativity as well as reducing a person’s stress (levels),” reported Sherman Shen, 7th grade history teacher at Bernardo Yorba Middle School, in an interview with The Matador Messenger.

In one new study, frequent daydreamers scored higher on tests of intellectual and creative ability, and had more efficient brain systems as measured by MRI, according to MNN.

Most daydreaming takes place in the future. Whether this is what you want or what you expect to happen in the future.

When our minds run out of working memory, these off-topic thoughts can take the main stage without us consciously meaning them to, according to LiveScience.

On the other side, daydreaming is not good for you. The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost, according to QuickandDirtyTips.

This basically explains that sometimes, your daydreams can leave you feeling different, emotionally.

“On the other hand, if a student indulges too much in daydreaming at school, he (or she) might miss important instructions or information needed to stay safe,” added Shen.