How daydreaming may boost creativity
According to UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, a growing body of new research suggests that daydreaming may actually make us happier and more creative — if we do it the right way. And, taking a mind-wandering break might be good not just for our creativity and happiness, but also for our productivity, especially if we are in jobs requiring focused attention that is draining to maintain.
“My hope is that people will explore the limits of mind-wandering a bit more and try to mind-wander in a way that is bigger, more fantastical, more personally meaningful, and further into the future,” says researcher Claire Zedelius, formerly of UC Santa Barbara. “If people just really allowed themselves to playfully use this tool, they might be able to focus on creative solutions to big problems.”