2 Captivating Reasons Daydreaming Can Aid Your Mental Health

If you’re a daydreamer, you may be improving your mental health and helping to achieve your goals. Check out these awesome ways that daydreaming is improving your life:

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1. It Can Help You To Be More Empathetic 

Studies show that there may be an association between imagination, memory and our capacity to be empathetic. Think about it – when we’re able to envision something that we have not experienced ourselves, it can be easier to understand what someone else is going through.

In her 2008 Harvard commencement address, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said that not only is imagination vital to creativity, but it’s also crucial to being an empathetic human being. “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention andinnovation,” she said. “In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

2. It Can Help You Achieve Your Dreams

The basis of imagination begins with an idea and the way that idea pans out has the potential to open up a great deal of opportunities. Psychologists have found that people who have realized their potential usually did so through their ability to envision their greatness first.

While there is research on the disadvantages of dreaming about your successes, there is evidence that specific types of mental imagery can help you attain the dreams you think up in your head. “In addition to helping to focus your attention by stimulating attentional networks in the brain, imagery can actually help your brain to map your path to your goal outside of conscious awareness,” Harvard Medical School assistant clinical professor Dr. Srini Pillay, M.D., wrote. “Imagining activates brain regions that can unconsciously map your path to success.” Cool, huh? So keep on daydreaming and reap the benefits of good mental health.

 

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