Give Into Your Random Thoughts

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According to scientists, we can be benefited by random thoughts and helps in our creative thinking. The secret lies in how ‘we respond to  it’. Random thoughts need to be embraced and exploited to see ‘who you are’ says  our guest author. Her post is below. Looking at the stones and pebbles by the stream or by the river side brings tranquility. Image credit: Pixabay

Most of us have had the experience when a random thought pops into our head. Maybe you’re discussing a work project, and suddenly you think of your friend who got engaged and how you have to buy a wedding gift.

These random thoughts can be triggered by certain words, but they can also come days later about something you were doing.

Some people see these random thoughts as unproductive or a waste of time and try to suppress them the second they pop up. However, there’s a scientific reason for these random thoughts to occur and reasons to embrace them.

Random thoughts can be used as a spontaneous idea trigger.  Such intrusive thoughts are  beneficial. You can try the above simple experiment by rolling some vegetables peas at random on your kitchen table. See the patterns it generates. It helps in generating new ideas. Video credit : Pixabay

Spontaneous Thinking Might Be Our Natural State

There’s a group of brain scientists who believe that our brain’s natural state is a state of random thoughts. This is not a new idea. Sigmund Freud analyzed random thoughts as a form of psychological treatment.

So, how are random thoughts a normal state of being?

Random thoughts come from a default network of neurons in the brain. It allows your mind to wander freely in the past and present. It reflects on things you’ve done and how you could imagine yourself in the future. This makes sense, too. Consider a person who, when lost in thought, thinks about something he did last week and maybe over analyzes it. Consider another person who’s looking forward to the vacation she’s about to take and is imagining all the activities she’s going to do while there.

It can also make sense given concentrating on tasks can be difficult for many people. Even if you are good at focusing on tasks in the present, consider how mentally taxing it is to maintain that focus. It takes a significant mental effort to focus on a task in the present whether it’s painting a wall or writing a report.

How Are Random Thoughts Beneficial?

Having random thoughts is a sign your brain is working normally. Scientists believe that these spontaneous ideas are likely due to our brains processing memories and preparing to store them. They can also be a sign of creative thinking.

As your brain processes memories for storage, it forms new neural connections to other related memories. Those new neural connections make it easier for your brain to retrieve the memory.

There are also scientists who believe that these spontaneous thoughts can provide insights into our deepest beliefs, preferences, and attitudes compared to deliberate thoughts.

These spontaneous thoughts shouldn’t be seen as nuisances that derail your train of thought. They should be embraced and exploited to understand who you are and how that random idea might help you solve your current problem.

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Using Spontaneous Thoughts to Your Advantage

Being able to understand how these random thoughts fit into what you’re currently doing can make you a better problem solver and think more creatively. The ability to think out-of-the-box is highly beneficial for nearly every profession, even if you don’t have a “creative” job. Too often, we get caught up in thinking “that’s just the way we do things,” which hinders our ability to solve problems.

Some people practice Acem meditation to stimulate spontaneous thoughts in the brain. They see it as maintaining their default brain. Others tend to write down their random thoughts in a small journal or personalized notepad to analyze later. They believe these thoughts can be the key to unlocking a critical problem.

You can also use random thoughts to your advantage in social situations. When you have a constant flow of random thoughts, you never run out of things to talk about. Those random thoughts can help make you more memorable to that person, forging new social connections that can improve our mental wellbeing. Not everyone is welcoming to random thoughts however. Be mindful of personalities who may not be open to the random thinker. 

Next time you have a random thought, consider chasing that thought to see where it takes you. If you don’t have the time, write it down. These actions can help you better understand your brain.