The Bright Side

The Bright Side Of Daydreaming

You might have already heard that daydreaming isn’t so good for you and that you shouldn’t spend so much time in your own head.

While obsessing with negative thoughts isn’t good for you, this isn’t the same as having a positive and meaningful daydream. Which can be actually very beneficial for you.

I have a very rich inner world. Sometimes I spend more time there than here and now, and I love it as long as I don’t move on the dark side of my thoughts. They can then bring up some unpleasant emotions that could have been avoided. Oops.

Mindfullness is essential here.
Not all the time you spend in your head counts as a daydream.

I was really sad when I was on atomoxetine because it somehow blocked my ability to daydream at all. My mind was blank most of the time and I couldn’t visualize anything or had to try way too hard. Other meds didn’t influence this much, at least not in a bad way. This could be a beneficial effect too and I even liked it at first.

What science says about it?

According to science, we can improve mood, increase pain tolerance and boost creativity through thinking and visualizing more pleasant and playful thoughts. 1

You’re probably familiar with the ‘aha’ types of problem-solving. When you just know something out of a sudden. Daydreaming can help here.

Daydreaming is an entirely different cognitive activity from either mind-wandering or rumination. According Westgate and her co-authors, daydreaming is ‘thinking for pleasure,’ and it’s harder than we think. 2

What about you, do you daydream a lot?

Sources:

  1. What Daydreaming Does to Your Mind
  2. New Research Finds Daydreaming Is Good For Our Health

10 thoughts on “The Bright Side Of Daydreaming

  1. I have always been a daydreamer and I think it saved me, many times when I would have been really depressed. My daydream took me to somewhere else. It wasn’t always something happy, just different and safe because I knew it wasn’t real, but it took me away from dwelling on how much I hated where I was.

  2. I associate daydreaming with positive energy, hope and optimism. These are all wonderful things that can bring positive benefits, I think and yes, I’m definitely a daydreamer.

  3. One of my more construcive daydreaming practices involves dreaming futures – by trying on different futures – even ones that will never be, it seems to help my growing process. It’s been a lifelong habit but I’ve recently read studies supporting imagining future self to further growth.

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