One pleasant afternoon Rob got back from school and simply sat down on his couch. After a while he was completely lost in his thoughts. He was sitting there for half an hour, not doing anything. His Dad came up to him and said: Stop daydreaming. Go and do something useful. And years later, he became a well paid employee as an accountant.
Einstein discovered the theory of relativity as he was daydreaming about running to the edge of the Universe. And he won the Nobel Prize.
If Einstein’s Mom had told him to stop daydreaming and do something useful, we wouldn’t have accurate GPS systems and also many of our favorite Sci FI movies that talk about space/time travel wouldn’t have been possible. Essentially, we would still have to ask people on the road for directions while traveling or worse use a map and Christopher Nolan wouldn’t have made Interstellar.
Day dreaming is associated with people who are lazy. But we all do day dream without actually wanting to at most times. How can something that seems to be an experience we all share in common have to be completely avoided. What if there is a point to it that we cannot see when we put the realistic person’s hat on. Of Course, if you do nothing except daydreaming, that is a totally different question. But, I can make the case that anything in excess should be avoided.
When we try to be ‘useful’ or perform any kind of action with intent, we can generally only see the outcome to a certain degree. The extent of which depends on how you realistically have seen or heard someone else performing the same action.
When daydreaming, you can push boundaries of your intellect by expanding to unreasonable bounds. This might look unrealistic. But, at the least, it helps break the barrier of thought to the extent of what is real today. The best ideas in your mind do not come out in a very organized fashion. It comes out when your mind gets lost in thought without keeping reality as a limitation.
University of British Columbia performed a study to see if our minds are just being inactive during daydreaming or if there is something of value going on. It was seen through brain scans that complex problem solving areas of the brain were having unusual amount of activity as per the researchers. Yes, what I am saying is, daydreamers are better problem solvers!
Why I think daydreaming works?
All the parts of our body have an automatic aspect to it. That means we are able to use some of the tools that are human being possesses without us consciously interfering with the thought.
For example, when you touch something hot. Your hand leaves the object before you had the time to think of what to do. These can be considered to be reflexes.
Now, our mind is capable of finding solutions and be more creative if you simply let it wander instead of trying to hold it down to an area where we think the answer is. Every creative question could have more than 1 right answer. So, when you daydream, you are essentially delegating your mind to do something for you that you are capable of without being completely conscious of it.