Psychology

Why do we daydream?

(Image credit: Peter Nijenhuis via Flickr)

(Image credit: Peter Nijenhuis via Flickr)

Bad news for all those productivity nuts out there — up to half our waking lives is spent daydreaming. Why would we squander so much valuable time allowing our mind to wander off task?

It turns out that daydreaming isn’t all a waste of time. It can play an important role in helping us to achieve our goals, preparing for social situations, and gestating creative ideas. But mind wandering has its darker side, too — fantasies aren’t always benevolent, for example.

I recently wrote a piece on the science of daydreaming — why our mind wanders, and how this can have both positive and negative consequences. Check it out here.

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