My mind wanders all the time, especially when I’m bored. Is this a harmful habit? Jessie, Brighton It’s not great if you’re driving or performing surgery, but research using brain scanners finds that many mind-wanderers have better brain connections, scoring higher for intellectual and creative ability. They can zone in and out of conversations or tasks, find new solutions to old problems, then tune back in without missing vital steps. If you can do it without your partner spotting that you’re zoning out, it can be a very productive use of your brain. If you’re rumbled, you may be sleeping on the sofa!