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The Hidden Power of Daydreams
Contrary to popular belief, daydreaming is not a waste of time. While it might seem like an idle activity, daydreaming has been linked to a range of cognitive benefits.
Many renowned artists, writers, and innovators credit daydreams as the source of their most creative ideas. The unstructured nature of daydreams fosters creativity and innovation.
Often, our daydreams revolve around future events or goals. This 'mental time travel' allows us to anticipate and plan for the future, rehearsing potential scenarios and their outcomes.
Daydreams can also serve as a safe space to explore and process complex emotions. By envisioning different scenarios, we can gain insight into our feelings and emotional responses.