Is Boredom All Bad?
Indeed, a study by University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson showed just how far people would go to avoid a state of boredom. In 2014, together with colleagues from Harvard, Wilson ran a series of experiments inviting participants to sit on their own for six to 15 minutes, with nothing but their own thoughts as entertainment. Most of the participants rated the experience as unpleasant—their minds wandered and they struggled to concentrate. Of those asked to carry out the task at home, without supervision, one-third admitted to cheating—they couldn’t manage a quarter of an hour of stillness without getting up, turning on their phones or seeking some other distraction....
....Mindfulness offers an antidote. Not to the experience that we usually label as boredom, but to our categorization of it as a bad thing, and our hurried attempts to be rid of it. Mindfulness invites us to see boredom not as something to reject, but rather to know, understand, and even embrace. In mindfulness practice, we change our ideas about boredom and our relationship to it. Actually, we stop being bored by boredom. And if we are no longer bored by boredom, isn’t it something different already? Boredom thus dissolves not with resistance, but by getting familiar with it.   ...more

Kathleen Notes: While I`m not on board with the "evolutionary" explanation, the rest of this article is spot on. The next time you`re bored, try looking inside and ask yourself why? Does business keep you from thinking or feeling things that are uncomfortable?

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