Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Daydream Believer

Now it’s official —

Researchers at the University of California have proven that daydreaming improves creative problem-solving!

Are you listening Mrs. B.? Remember how you liked to scare the bejeebers out of me in 4th grade English class every time you caught me woolgathering on that pie in the sky as I built those castles in the air?

Yep, I bet you’re feeling pretty bad about that right now.

And hey, here’s a double bonus, Elbow Benders—

Investigators at the Max Planck Institute of Germany found that daydreamers have better working memories.

Good thing, too. I mean, what’s the use of daydreaming up a bunch of awesome creative solutions if you can’t remember any of them?

You know, this new data helps explain an interesting phenomenon…

Go ask 10 kids under the age of 7 if they are creative and 6 of them will say, “Heck yeah!” Three will give you a “Well, duh!” And 1 will yell, “Stranger Danger!”

Back away from that last kid and go ask 10 adults if they’re creative. Nine out of 10 will claim that they are not.

And what do kids under the age of 7 do A LOT of?

Well, besides hide vegetables under their plates.

Yes, daydream.

So, get your creative mojo back on track by kicking back.

What a dreamy way to spend a day!

PROMPT: Are you working on this week’s writing/art goals? Be sure to throw some daydream time into the mix as well. Seriously, Grown-ups, you’re going to have to schedule it — because, sadly, you can no longer count on those BORING (Are you listening Mrs. B.?) English… History… Math… etc… classes.

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