Research reveals what happens in a wandering mind — and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus. It’s the nature of the mind to wander. Use it as an opportunity to become more aware of your own mental experience. But you may still want to return to the present moment—so you can come up with an answer to that question everyone is waiting for. Take a more effective break by allowing your mind to wander A wandering mind is a good thing.