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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Virtues of Daydreaming

There's a story in today's New York Times' science section that touts the creative benefits of daydreaming...

"At long last, the doodling daydreamer is getting some respect,"
writes John Tierney in the NYT.

Researchers have found that daydreaming is "remarkably common — and often quite useful. A wandering mind can protect you from immediate perils and keep you on course toward long-term goals. Sometimes daydreaming is counterproductive, but sometimes it fosters creativity and helps you solve problems."

Psychologists also found that people's minds seem to wander 30 percent of the time during waking hours.

As I was writing this post my mind was wandering too, wondering what new photos were up on Daydream Lily, a blog that turns the concept of daydreaming into a beautiful virtual reality.

Dare I ask: How much do you daydream and usually what about?

(Photos above by l(a jane)


Blogger Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Visual delights Tina!
I used to daydream when I was much younger, too bad for the the daily busy schedules or work commitments these days...I miss it very much~
Let me ponder on this more today~
if time permits...


June 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Louis Duke said...

I love this post. More than you know.
I daydream too much.
It makes me happy to think that it has a purpose.
Hope you are doing well dear.
And finding the time for lots of daydreaming.

June 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

I daydream lots and lots. Probably too much. Its a great way to avoid doing tedious chores. And now I found out my mind has been legitimately engaged after all :)

June 29, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

I daydream a lot. Usually about plans and artistic ideas. Paintings I want to do, stories I want to write. I also dream of designing my own fashion line and the items I would make. But first I need to freshen up my sewing skills! What do you daydream about?

June 29, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
OpenID aerussell said...

Oh I just love to daydream! Usually about stories, poems, words that run together and sound nice, about plans and ideas, about what it would have been like to live in a different time... a million things. :)

June 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I've been daydreaming a lot lately about my plans for my balcony garden. It relaxes me to think about the sorts of flowers i'd like to plant.

June 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger This Photographers Life (Architecture+Interiors) said...

Amen! Lovely images!

June 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Erin Wallace said...

I daydream so much - happy to know that I am benefitting myself doing it!

I have given you an award, please stop by my site to claim it.

xo Erin

June 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger the real mia said...

I love this. I think I'll schedule in a daydream or three today.

June 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
OpenID thevoyageofv said...

I daydream like crazy. Usually about traveling, but also about my boyfriend. I know that sounds cheesy, but I live in Sweden and he lives in New York, so I guess I just miss him a lot...

June 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Tonia said...

My work would say I daydream far too much! Possibly mid-conversation is taking it too far...

June 29, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Pinecone Camp said...

Well that's a nice positive spin on daydreaming. Glad to hear it, as I do it all the time. I usually daydream about travel, our dog that died last year, a new lens for my canon, the list goes on.
Have a lovely day!

June 29, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

i was a film production major in college, so when i daydream - it's mostly about story/film ideas, creating new characters - what would they wear, where would they live, who would their friends be, etc. it's so much fun. :)

these photos are stunning, by the way!

June 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Gorgeous photos:

June 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

I can't believe I missed this article! I read that section! I daydream a lot these days, the pregnancy makes my mind wander all over the place. It's mostly about having a son, raising him, different stages of his life. This morning while walking the dog I thought to myself that when he's a teen I should encourage him to become a's such a fun thing to do for the summer here! Hahahaha

June 30, 2010 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger kirsten said...

i feel like i daydream at least half of the time im awake. most of my daydreams usually involve flowers and adventures i want to have in the future.

July 5, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Bugeyed Lindsay said...

happy to find this post.
i've taken today off from work,
partying, and being everywhere to do just that - daydream.
enjoying it immensely.

i daydream often.
while i read.
while i drive.
while i work.

lately, i daydream about
boys and love.
two topics that caused me much pain last year at this time.

July 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

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