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Daydream Believers

Daydream Believers

I used to love to daydream. I especially like to do it in school when the class was boring. One time in Religion class when I was particularly bored and had drifted off into space I was reawakened by a blackboard eraser ricocheting off the side of my forehead. For those of you too young to know what a blackboard is, its board in the front of the classroom that teachers used to write on with chalk. The priest had good intentions but the wakeup call only lasted a couple of minutes and I drifted blissfully back into my daydreams.

Come to find, the brain is doing a lot of work when you are daydreaming. Seems your brain is focusing on creativity, and by now you know how much I value creativity. Dr. Darya Zabelina of Northwestern University says “children are more sensitive to noises in their environment.”

Now this may seem counterintuitive to what I just wrote but it is not. This sensitivity to outside stimuli is the reason I was daydreaming in the first place.

The brain had more stimuli to process and used daydreaming as a way to do it. How does this affect the kids today? With all their “white noise” coming at them kids today don’t get a chance to daydream because they are bombarded with noise instead of being given the chance to find their own path. Little or no chance for releasing inhibitions, just hammer away. No wonder they are so stressed out most of the time. They have so much structure that one very valuable tool to learning - the freedom to take risks - has been eliminated making it that much harder to learn and cope. Try being athletic in that environment and see if you or your kids succeed.

Written by : Jennifer