D is for Daydreaming.
Daydreaming. We all do it. Happens in a nanosecond, probably happened when you clicked on the link opening this blog.
So many functions to it too: rehearsing, storing in long term memory, coming up with new ideas. Staving off boredom, escaping difficult situations, anticipating worst-case scenarios.
The thing that seems to make daydreaming more ‘effective’ or potentially useful, is meta-cognition- the ability to observe oneself daydreaming and reflect upon the content and application of the daydream. Those who can “think about their thinking” are more likely to harvest the creativity inherent in such a universal pleasure.
Too much negative daydreaming can lead to depression/anxiety disorders according to several major studies (which I am too lazy to include.) Suffice to say, if you can, re-direct your catastrophic daydream to one of saving the world to improve your mood (and even come up with good new blog topics for the A to Z Blog Challenge.)
In my much longer blog Idea Mining I talk about a technique to harness daydreaming to solve problems. Check it out.
How has daydreaming helped or hindered you?