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Love this post!

Style Revolution - Thank you! :) I appreciate the feedback!

I think it is helpful to separate out different kinds of "daydreaming." When daydreaming is about visioning, exploring creative possibilities, unearthing our desires, I think its great.
When imagining a fantasy becomes a substitute for living it, that doesn't serve us.
Interesting how our culture tends to put a negative spin on the word though, isn't it?

Wonderful post. I like the way you have mentioned the positives and negatives of daydreaming.
My favorite is "Don't forget that reality is where dreams come true."

Cheers,
Cheryl Paris

I love daydreaming. I have been known to it too much, or get too engrossed in it, but the consequences for doing that have never been as bad as when I didn't daydream. I can clearly remember shifting into my daydreams as a defense for a few panic attacks. It allows me to clear my mind enough to deal with the issues at hand. As long as you always 'come back' I think daydreaming is a healthy thing.

Tara - Great point about the different types of daydreaming. As I was writing this post, I was actually thinking about it and how there's a differences between goal-like dreams and dreams that are too fantasy-driven. Glad you brought this point up!

Cheryl - Thank you! There are definitely good and bad sides of daydreaming and I'm glad you enjoy my list of do's and don'ts here.

Liz - I believe it's better to dream a little too much than not to dream at all. After all, I really do think that the best ideas can come to us when we let our minds wander. I agree that if you always come back, daydreaming can be a very productive thing!

Absolutely love the Do's and Dont's especially this: Don't believe they are better than your life; and this: Don't forget that reality is where dreams come true.

Dani,

Very nice post. I think you covered the pros and cons of daydreaming just perfectly. Therefore, I don't have anything to add there.

But I REALLY wish I knew more about why this particular person wanted to stop daydreaming!

My first reaction was that it could be the creativity of this person trying to get out and express itself. If you are daydreaming too much, then you would think some life changes should be made. After all, you should be living what you are dreaming about.

I just hope the person ends up resolving everything in a manner where they will find the most happiness.

I love to daydream, I just wish I had more time to indulge in it! I think the things we daydream about can tell us a lot about what's happening our lives, or what's on our minds, at the time (I know that's true for my kids!). Sure, some daydreams are well suited to being turned into reality. But I also think other daydreams should stay as just that, a nice mental break from reality, a peaceful and relaxing way to spend some thinking time.
Sweet (day) dreams!
Topi

Belinda - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked this list. It can sometimes become easy to stay lost in daydreams and I'm glad you picked up on the points that bring the daydreaming back to reality.

Greg - Thanks! Like you, I'm also curious about why she wants to stop daydreaming. Either she needs to let herself indulge in or she needs to figure out why she's doing it so much. Hopefully these tips were helpful for her!

Topi - Excellent point you bring up about how some daydreams should stay as daydreams. I completely agree with that. Some can be turned into reality, but others really should just remain dreams.

Reality is where dreams come true is very well put!

I think what I enjoyed most about this post was how simple and straightforward it was, Dani. And, of course, the topic was so a propos, so fitting for those days when Spring is just arriving and we're all inclined to a bit of daydreaming and cloud-watching.

I've found that I do my best daydreaming in two different parts of my day: (1) in my early morning, just as I wake up, and am sitting at my desk with my cup of tea (this is when I journal my daydreams) and (2) at the gym on the treadmill where my mind is free to wander for at least 45 minutes or so. I do my best daydreaming there in fact, and then get totally psyched dreaming up ways to make some of them into a reality.

Thank you for this post. Is so lovely to be back and reading your words again.

one of the biggest problems i have with day dreaming at times i'll get carried away with it. But luckily i've been better at doing so.

J.D. - I'm glad you liked that part. It seems to be something that a lot of people really liked about this post.

Chania Girl - So happy to see you back again! :) It made my day to see your name in the comment section! It's wonderful that you do most of your daydreaming in a productive environment like the gym. It's a great way to use your mind while you're using your body. So glad to have you back here!

Josten - It can be hard sometimes not to get carried away, but it's great that you're getting better at reigning in the daydreaming.

I love it!

Daydreaming can be really powerful in that it allows us to freely imagine what our dream life is. If we take our day dreams seriously and take action upon them, oh man, it's amazing how wonderful our lives can change.

I like to think I'm a professional day-dreamer. I spend hours day dreaming, followed by hours molding my reality into them.

Great post!

Hey Dani!
It's indeed nice to daydream sometimes, I like to do it too! Sometimes I get carried away by them, but they are also a big inspiration to me. Sometimes I get awesome ideas just from daydreaming :)

Have an amazing weekend!
Diggy

Ben - Glad you loved the post! Daydreaming is definitely powerful and, until I received the email requesting this post, I didn't think too much about it. It's great to be able to daydream as much as you -- especially when you're able to follow up with action!

Diggy - Daydreams are definitely inspiring and can provide us with some great ideas. I hope you have a great weekend too!

Very interesting post! You don't stop and break down the act of daydreaming too often. I totally see your point with the Do's & don'ts that separate daydreaming from being a healthy activity, to being an unproductive time waster.

Chris - Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you liked the post. I never would have thought too much about this one if someone hadn't asked me to write about it, but I'm glad she did. It's interesting to think about daydreaming in this way!

Wow, Wonderful post! I loved it! I have been a daydreamer for a quite a long time. I can remember how when I was half-way through my high school, I used to go to one my favorite park sit beneath my favorite tree and dream about starting a business, and stuffs like becoming a billionaire. Ever since, I started experimenting with new business ideas only to fail each time, but there are at least two good things that happened because I dreamed. First, I learned a lot lot more than what I otherwise could have, and second, from those dreams have sprouted a life-goal, goal to become a successful entrepreneur. So I really feel blessed that I dreamed. And thanks again for this wonderful post!

Sumit - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked this post! :) It really is important to daydream, but it can be a negative thing if you over do it. It sounds like dreaming as done you a lot of good and I'm so glad you shared your experience with it here.

Great post and I loved the poem at the end!

You've put a wonderful perspective on daydreaming. I catch myself when I'm daydream and try to come back to reality. The world makes us feel that daydreaming is not productive.

But it's the mindset that we have when it comes to daydreaming. Yes they do serve their purpose and they do mean something to us. Thanks for such great information!

Jarrod - Thank you! I really appreciate your enthusiastic comments! I agree that the world makes us feel as if daydreaming is not productive when, in fact, it can turn out to be one of the most productive things we do. Glad you liked the post!

i daydream too much and like i day dream about the future and how i want it to be but when i try it always happens the exact opposite way i just wanna know why

Arthur - I always think that things happen the way they are meant to so, even if your dreams aren't unfolding the way you thought they might, everything is happening the way it should.

personally i would like to get rid of all daydreaming. i do get a lot done but it seems like every time i go from point A to B i am mentally somewhere else. i would very much like to stop daydreaming and be more observant of whats around me. it is very annoying to be doing home work only to realize i just spent 10 minutes imagining about something completely irrelevant and useless.

Bob - Daydreaming is a tricky thing. While it does have some benefits (such as coming up with new ideas), it can also make it hard to be productive sometimes. Keep in mind that it's all about balance -- a little bit of daydreaming can be a good thing, but it's much better in moderation.

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