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Boredom

How Boredom Kills Us -- In Body, Mind and Spirit -- And What to Do About It

Andrea Driessen | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Driessen

A podcast on the tedium of boredom produced by Public Radio International delves into the subject of boredom in a decidedly un-boring, substantial way. Let's explore the piece, along with related compelling research, to see how being "bored to death" isn't just a euphemism. And discuss what to do about it.

Burdened With 'Glorious' Boredom

Jio F. Deslate | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Jio F. Deslate

Our boredom arises not from a lack of stimuli, for in the digital age of attention-deficit discord, we have plenty of distractions. Our boredom springs from a lack of imagination, the ability to defy reality, and its dictates by going beyo

How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

Is Facebook Making Us Stupid, Boring and Insecure?

Carla Poertner | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Carla Poertner

The answer to whether our social media use is harmful or benign might just lie in the question we need to ask ourselves: "How good do I really want to feel?"

Ode to a Slow Day at the Office

Aron Wander | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Aron Wander

Nobody bothers you when you are writing an email. Reading a book, yes, cell phone, yes, dozing, yes. But emails are made of finer stuff. Office zen.

Hilarious iPhone Wallpapers Remind You To Look At Your Screen Less

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.30.2015 | Technology

Artist Molly McLeod would like you to please calm down about your phone. (That is, unless you've got to text your mother. By all means, text the woman...

6 Reasons You're Stuck In A Rut (And What To Do About It)

Lamisha Serf-Walls | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lamisha Serf-Walls

Life is about connection, expansion, joy, abundance, and love. It's about fulfilling our calling and becoming more of our true selves and I assure you, you were meant for more than the lackluster life you have been living. It's time to shake things up starting now.

Is Reading Boring?

Naomi S. Baron | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Naomi S. Baron

Today, many of us whip out our phones instead, though the principle of killing time is the same. If we only make it halfway through the travel piece on Corsica or a game of Candy Crush, we readily abandon ship, rarely feeling the need to resume where we left off.

Get Bored

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy In a recent interview by Krista Tippett with composer and singer Joe Henry, she was exploring how he gets his inspiration to wri...

Own Boredom

Joanne Heyman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanne Heyman

Taking a fresh approach to boredom may be just your ticket to greater satisfaction in 2015! Why? Because, in our fast paced, digitized and hyper-linked lives we feel more and more compelled to fill idle time that could be used to actually reflect, relax, create and connect.

Those Magical Moments

Kathy Walsh | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

So many children are over-scheduled these days. Parents plan wonderful vacations, sign their kids up for after school classes and fill up their time with things to do. Doing nothing allows special moments to happen and gives children the tools to be creative.

Why Cat Listicles Fail To Answer The Soul's Cry

Brain Pickings | Maria Popova | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

Boredom has a long cultural history and an adaptive function in human life — it serves a vital creative purpose and protects us by helping us tolera...

8 Ways To Harness The Power Of Boredom

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living

"Down time" is a true rarity these days. When we finally find it, many of us exude sighs of relief at the opportunity to sit back, relax and do absolu...

Trusting Nothing: Having no Purpose on Purpose

Elan Barnehama | Posted 03.14.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

I like the revision process. It gives me a chance to see what I was thinking when I wrote that very lousy, uneven, not-so-good rough draft. Revising, re-seeing, re-thinking, re-visioning allows me to make some sense of what my characters have done and then I get a do-over.

10 Smartphone Rules We Should All Follow

Zach Dean | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

This is not a blog on your rights. You have a right to be oblivious to your surroundings and a right to be obnoxious. That includes your right to obnoxiously use your smartphone the same way you obnoxiously do anything else. This is a piece on etiquette.

Today's Buddha Doodle - How to Keep Boredom Away

Molly Hahn | Posted 11.11.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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The Creative Benefits Of Boredom

Harvard Business Review | David Burkus | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

In a past life, I used to be required to participate in quarterly sales meetings. These meetings followed a typical format: fly everyone in the compan...

One Mom's Secret Life

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 11.04.2014 | Comedy
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I glared fiercely into each one of their eyes so they would remember the steely blue glint of my gaze before they reaped the whirlwind.

Are You Bored?

Zach Dean | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Dull moments in our days are inevitable, but we have a choice of how we will respond to them. Are we medicating with technology or are we noticing the experience? Numbing out or building coping skills? Avoiding the uncomfortable feelings or reconstructing our days to be less boring?

3 Ways To Escape Boredom

Jennifer Taitz | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Taitz

In the same way we hopefully wouldn't run out of the airport when we hit an unpleasant wait, we can find strategies to change our relationship to our fear of boredom.

This Man Inspires Us To Up Our Selfie Game, Big Time

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts

Selfies are everywhere, yadda yadda yadda, you know the drill. But all previous manifestations of the self-actualizing photographic method pale in com...

7 Reasons Why Boredom Is Good For You (NEW BOOK)

Michael Harris | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Michael Harris

To rework an old Jean-Paul Sartre line: If you're bored when you're alone, you're in bad company. Boredom itself isn't a sign that you need some distraction; it's a sign that you've grown addicted to distractions and you need to develop a rich interior life.

Who Are You Avoiding?

William Irvine | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Why don't we want to be alone with our thoughts? Presumably because it puts us face to face with someone we want desperately to avoid, namely, ourselves.

Here's Why People Actually Hate Having Nothing To Do

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.03.2014 | Science

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ―...

What To Do The Next Time Your Kids Say They're Bored

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents

Summer days: Known for beautiful weather, outdoor activities and the infamous phrase, "I'm bored." Last week, HuffPost Parents blogger Bunmi Ladit...