The idea that boredom must be fought only with external stimuli is a serious mistake.Dealing with boredom alone and in silence is also possible. It is actually an art that we must learn to master and which also increases our creative ability.
According to Guillermo Funes, an honorary professor of psychology at Carlos III University, "an adequate level of boredom promotes creativity, breaks the routine and can create something different". Despite the association we have created between boredom and fear, between silence and anxiety,nevertheless, there is a positive effect: when we are bored, things happen to us.Boredom, in a way, sharpens imagination and ingenuity. Hence the title of this article "Bored, your brain will thank you!"
A Lancashire Central University study argues that leboring activities, such as attending meetings, can lead to greater creativity, while other activities such as writing reduce the effects. Although boredom at work is classified as a state that should be eliminated, if we consider these results it might not be bad to spend time at times and in certain regions.
"Bored, is the disease of lucky people, the unfortunate are not bored, they have too much to do."Share
If being bored is beneficial, why do we usually feel bad when we are bored?
Why do we immediately look for something to do when we start getting bored? What does intolerance hide from this state? Beyond the negative label attributed by society, boredom can be interpreted as an indication of an empty life or as a state that reminds us that we are not doing anything useful. That's at least what we think.
In a hyper-connected and hyper-stimulated society, being bored is now a rare good and a common evil at the same time. We are bored and immediately turn to external resources such as television and technology to get out of this state.We do not know how to enjoy the free time, the present moment and the connection with our interior.Our priority is to care.
This does not mean that we must immerse ourselves in a state of inactivity dominated by daily boredom. It means that, in one way or another, being bored helps us to listen to ourselves and to discover what we are trying to hide with activity.
On the other hand,the excess of stimuli of the present society can make us feel a fictitious boredom. The rate of boredom may be higher today because we do not know how to appreciate simple things. We are bored most of the time not because we have nothing to do, but because the stimuli we have are not good for us.
To combat the malaise resulting from boredom, we must be aware of the reason why we are bored to profit from it. Let's annoy, and see what happens.
"A generation that does not support boredom will be a generation of low value."-Bertrand Russell-
Bored at the right time is a sign of intelligence
Is it good to be bored? As with almost everything, excess is bad.As we have seen, a dose of boredom stimulates creativity as we look for ways to entertain ourselves when we find ourselves in this state. Nevertheless, with social networks and electronic devices at your fingertips, we will not develop this creativity. If we do not resort to these, imagination and ingenuity will come into play and we will create a world of possibilities.
Otherwise,excessive boredom could lead us to consume more alcohol and tobacco, or to develop more extreme ideas.According to Heather Lench, a professor at Texas A & M University, the fact that boredom is a daily experience suggests that it should be helpful. After all, feelings like fear can help us avoid danger. Sadness will save us from making mistakes in the future. How bored is it beneficial?
Heather Lench suspects that boredom is behind one of our most important characteristics: curiosity. Boredom prevents us from systematically carrying out the same things. It pushes us to set new goals and to explore new territories or new ideas.
Let us annoy, our brain will thank us.
"Boredom is a weed, but also a spice that digests a lot of things."-Goethe-