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A daydream is defined as a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination Depending on how you choose to look at it daydreaming is a two-edged sword From one point of view daydreaming is something you thrust yourself into a means of escaping reality into a daze of possibility and fantasy while also calming stress lessening pain and conflict On the other hand daydreaming can be a sign of displeasure in ones life and excessive daydreaming is a great symptom for a number of illnesses Although scientists are unsure of what exactly it is that causes us to drift off into far away gazes it is widely believed that what our daydreams consist of is closely related to our level of satisfaction with our lives and our overall happiness within it Because our daydreams tend to be of people within our lives whether socially detached or near how close we are to the people we daydream about tells us a lot about our general happiness For instance when we daydream about people distant in our lives- perhaps an absent partner we desire to be close to but cannot it may mean that we are feeling a sense of lonesomeness and perhaps even that we are lacking support socially in some areas of our lives Therefore if the opposite were to happen to daydream about people very present in our lives-for example close friends and family would mean quite the opposite we are feeling happy and optimistic about the level of social support we are receiving and are personally satisfied with our life In a study of 17556 respondents from May 2007 to April 2010 when asked what they daydreamt about on a daily basis overall men and female tend to daydream about similar things usually other people and social situations In fact only 08 claimed what they daydreamt had no social aspects In difference 215 reported that their daydreams are always social-peer related with
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