6 Surprising Benefits of Daydreaming

If you've been scolded for spacing out in class or told to come back down to earth, you may be surprised to learn that it isn't always a bad thing.

In fact, daydreaming has many proven health benefits to boost your intelligence and overall happiness.

Keep scrolling to learn about six surprising benefits of daydreaming:

1. It Boosts Your Creativity

When you daydream, you allow your mind to wander and explore new possibilities. This can lead to more creative problem solving in your real life.

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2. It Reduces Stress

Daydreaming is actually a form of hypnosis and can lead to lower blood pressure and anxiety relief. Usually daydreaming is a positive experience— you're thinking of an upcoming vacation or planning what delicious dinner you'll have tonight. These positive thoughts are nothing but relaxing to the brain.

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3. It Enhances Your Brainpower

Your brain is in a rest period when you're daydreaming, and not actively thinking. During this time, different sections of your brain are able to communicate more clearly, which can lead to a higher IQ.

 

4. It Helps Your Memory

A 2012 study suggests that daydreaming helps improve your working memory, or the ability to remember lots of information at once. The next time you try to focus on homework, listen to your mom and play a podcast at the same time, you'll remember more and get stressed out less.

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5. It Increases Self-Awareness

Daydreaming is an exercise in mental health. Getting lost in your thoughts can help you sort through problems in your daily life, or gain clarity on something that's been bothering you.

 

6. You're in Good Company

Many famous mathematicians and scientists were well-known daydreamers. Albert Einstein and the Bronte sisters are just two examples of famous daydreamers who left their mark on the world.

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