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March 15, 2019

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💭Why Boredom is Powerful in Your Life
Think back to the last time you were bored.

What did you do with your time? Did you pursue mindless activities like scrolling through social media or binge-watching a TV show? 

Or, did you use that time to reflect? 

Chances are you chose the former. Many of us do. 

But it turns out that boredom can be a powerful tool for change. It's time to rethink our relationship with this complicated feeling.

According to John Eastwood, director of the Boredom Lab at York University, boredom is a ‘crisis of meaning.’ When fully embraced, boredom invites us to reflect on how we engage with the world.

That internal reflection can lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and ideas we never knew existed.

In fact, a new study published in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries found that boredom can spark individual productivity and creativity.

However, humans would pretty much choose anything over being bored.

One team of psychologists at Harvard University discovered that 2/3 of men and a 1/4 of women would rather self-administer electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes. 


How to Utilize the Positive Benefits of Boredom
Eastwood writes, "Often when we’re bored, we blame the external environment for the source of our difficulty. Indeed, some environments are boring; however, what we know from research is that boredom is more determined by qualities and factors about the person, not the environment. I would challenge people to think:

'What am I bringing to the table that could be contributing to my experience of boredom at this moment?'"


To overcome boredom, you need less, not more, stimulation and novelty.

Friedrich Nietzsche referred to boredom as the “unpleasant calm that precedes creative acts."

Embrace boredom as a positive force. It seems paradoxical, but feeling bored now will make you less bored in the future — it’s a brief pause to make creative ideas and discoveries happen.

Until next Friday, Thinkers.

🤙- Brian
@brian_g_peters

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