Chances are, it does. And you know what, it’s okay. Here’s why.
All of us daydream from time to time. Daydreaming takes us to our happy place(s). And while the feeling of being slapped back to reality by your coworker or boss can be an awfully embarrassing, frustrating and painful experience if your boss or coworker were to ever physically slap you back to reality— there’s a lot to be said about daydreaming.
According to an article published in The Telegraph, Monday mornings are so depressing that, on average, most of us don’t crack a smile until lunchtime. Fifty percent of us will arrive late to work, struggle throughout the day and manage a meager three and a half hours of real work.
So, what about the other five hours of “nonproductive” work?
A recent study in the journal Science reported that people spend almost half of their waking hours daydreaming, thinking about something other than what they’re doing. People’s minds wander nearly 50 percent of the time. Straying attention occurs most often at work and least often during sex, happening no less than 30 percent of the time. Sex, who would’ve thought…
Daydreaming can help with problems solving, creativity, spearheading scientific breakthroughs and according to an article published in the National Geographic, daydreaming also turns off certain parts of the brain. But this is not a bad thing.
The brain has two chief systems: an analytic side that aides in our ability to make reasoned decisions, and an empathetic half that allows us to understand, share and relate to the feelings of others.
Anthony Jack, a cognitive scientist at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio notes that, “when we are confronted with a cognitive task, our brain requires the empathetic area to turn off to get the job done. In simplistic terms, “if you are engaged in a demanding analytic task, it doesn’t leave any room for empathy.
We have often been told that daydreaming is a waste of time, which it can be. Especially when your time is given in exchange for a wage. But when this is not the case, when you are on your own time, daydreaming can help us realize our goals and desires. When we daydream, our innermost fears and what we hope to achieve is often revealed. Daydreaming is the path to creativity as your mind cycles through different parts of the brain, accessing information that was dormant or out of reach, notes Eugenio M. Rother, a psychiatrist at Florida International University.
Unfortunately, our brains, as they get older, will daydream with less frequency. Psychologists attribute this decrease in mind wandering to the idea that as we get older, we don’t anticipate the future with the same verve as we did when we were young.
How often do you daydream? How do you feel after your mind returns to what’s happening around you? Do you feel more equipped to handle the task at hand? We’d like to hear your thoughts.
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