Here’s Why Being Bored is Actually Good for You

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We live in a particularly stimulating age. Among other stimuli, smartphones are perhaps the most notorious, providing a constant stream of ready-made engagement. If you could stand to disconnect for a while—from your phone, from your overbooked priorities—you might realize that boredom is good for you; it can stir up a dormant sense of creativity you forgot you had, and it may very well make you a better person.

It’s hard to comprehend that boredom is good for you when you consider the self-destructive behaviors that it can inspire; a selection of these behaviors cited by The Atlantic include bad driving, mindless snacking, binge drinking, risky sex, and gambling problems. One study titled “Self-Inflicted Pain out of Boredom” published in Psychiatry Research even found that some people self-administered electric shocks to break up the ennui of watching a boring movie.

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Kat McCue
Kat McCue

Kat McCue is a writer, environmental activist, and kimchi lover. She leads DIY natural beauty workshops from her home in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband and cat. If she isn’t home, you might find her biking around the city, in a park practicing qigong with friends, or trying to escape to Costa Rica.