With the Mega Millions jackpot set to top $550 million for tomorrow night’s drawing, you’ve probably given some thought to what you might do with the winnings.
Done the right way, research shows this kind of thinking–daydreaming–can be healthy.
Many studies have shown that letting your mind wander enhances creativity. A paper published in Psychological Science showed that after 12 minutes of letting the mind wander, subjects were able to come up with much stronger ideas about how to make use of common everyday items, like toothpicks and clothes hangers.
This mirrors the story of Yitang Zhang, the mathematician who worked for years to solve one of math’s oldest problems. He came up with the solution while hanging out in a friend’s backyard before a concert last summer.
Read the whole story: Inc.