How to warp time: Make memories IRL
That's why we'll be time-expanding next week 🌌
DD HQ here. Is it just us, or does it seem like we closed our eyes and bam! - the end of the year is already here?
Lately, it’s like one day just flows straight into the next. We’re being slightly facetious, but we wouldn’t know a Monday from a Thursday if it weren’t for our calendars.
That’s because every day looks exactly…the same.
We’ve all become too familiar with the work-sleep hamster wheel: Wake up still exhausted after a full eight hours of sleep. Log onto your computer and slog through your To Do lists. Maybe, if we’re lucky, take a mental-health walk to close out the evening.
But, what if we told you that there’s a secret to making your days feel longer (and more enjoyable)? And even more - according to scientific research, changing those repetitive routines are at the root of making time slow down, in a good way?
That’s why our team at DD HQ is taking time + space to make new memories in real life next week. You won’t see a newsletter from us - but, before we log off to time-extend using our creative brains let us let you in on a little secret.
Time is actually an illusion - and we have the power to warp it.
Trippy, we know.
Time is a tricky thing; scientists have been trying to describe it for decades (cue our friend, Einstein). But, the research does have one thing in common: we humans can shift our perception of time, and most importantly slow it down, when we use our creative brains.
How, you ask? Well, it all has to do with how much we’re paying attention.
If you’ve learned anything from us, you’ll know that our brains are a wonky place. Think of them like a big computer; we’re constantly processing our surroundings, and using our emotions to detect important information we need to hold onto for the long-term.
Sometimes, those processes are automatic and simple - like smelling a flower or looking at a sunset. True senses, like smell or sight, have specific areas of the brain where all the mechanics happen. It’s like a sprint from A to B.
But, piecing together moments in time? That’s more like a marathon. Our brains are pulling together a lot of disparate information at once that’s impacted by our environment, emotions and memory. It’s non-linear, at best.
This is exactly where our creative brains come into play - and why we’re so fascinated with the mental illusion of time @ DD.
Our perception of time changes based on how much we activate our creative brain. When something is new, we pay attention to every single element of it. But, when we’ve done it hundreds of times - like the daily hamster wheel - we stop recording as much information as we used to.
Neuroscientist + creativity researcher, Dr. David Eagleman, was the first to discover that making an effort to ‘collect’ new experiences and trick our brains into doing something out of their habitual comfort zone can help us feel like time last forever. That’s because, the longer it takes to process a memory, the longer that moment feels.
We love this POV from him:
“This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older; why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.”
The trick for making time feel like it lasts forever? Being open to new experiences - aka, creativity.
The one thing scientists can agree on (and it isn’t much) is that exposing yourself to new, unfamiliar experiences helps us feel like life is longer and more full. It allows us to record meaningful experiences and cement them in our memories. It requires us to be fully present; fully alive.
That’s why we’re taking some time + space as a DD HQ team to live in the moment a bit more this holiday week. You won’t see a newsletter from us next week - but in the meantime we’re doing something exciting:
As a tiny-but-thoughtful startup, we’re being mindful about how we can best support our members at every stage. That’s why we’ve stayed in Early Access - but we can’t wait to open the doors to as many ppl as we can in 2023 🤓.
So, if you want to make time stop more regularly, and find ways to exercise your naturally creative brain - make sure you’ve jumped the line to get access to what we’re building @ DD. It’s the perfect portal into a creative, fulfilling way of being.
Until then, get out in the world and ask what if in order to try something new - whether it’s on your daily mental health walk or while baking a Thanksgiving pie.
You know that’s what we’ll be up to 🛸 See you on the flip!
Katina + Dupi
and the entire team @ DD HQ
We’re opening up access to Daydreamers (finally!). If you haven’t signed up to jump the line, make sure you’re on the list ASAP. You’ll be receiving a code to snag your spot and experience the power Daydreamers for yourself 🛸
An idea to noodle on 💭
Making memories IRL lengthens our perception of time
THINK ON THIS: Time is just a collectively agreed-upon story - and we’ve been repeating this ‘belief’ as a society for centuries. For example, Ben Franklin was the first to fight for Daylight Savings…to avoid burning more candles. If we can literally change time just because we want to, who’s to say that time isn’t an illusion?
…MAYBE NOT THAT: Routine doesn’t create memories; new experiences do. When our brain has to use all of its resources, it expands our perception of time. So, when we do spontaneous, new things our brain gets fired up - and becomes fully immersed in the moment.
Inside our brains at DD HQ 🧠
Mental health days are a band aid solution to burnout - and we couldn’t agree more. On the other hand, when your boss tells you the future of the company will be ‘extremely hardcore’ it may be time to pass. Speaking of trippy: check out NASA’s Artemis I launch this week. We love everything about this story of mastery and creativity through bonsai trees.
Ideas from the DD Crew 🛸
We know what we’re building @ Daydreamers is something the world desperately needs. We hear about it every day 🙃🤓
Make sure you’re on the Early Access list: we’re opening pre-sales next week.
As a young startup, we’ve been thoughtful about our capacity + how we can best support our members - especially in the early stages. But, starting in 2023 we’re ramping up…in a big way. Make sure you’ve jumped the line in order to get access.