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Boredom is our closest intimate


After a short trip, I finally relished my breakfast at home as listening to the radio programme I've been doing for more than a decade. I straightaway turned on my radio, a programme from World Service called 'Why boredom is interesting' came out and I was all ears - being thirsty for what could be explained.

(the picture above from BBC radio)

Referred to the topic, boredom is a powerful emotion, one which many of us will go lengths to avoid, Psychologists describe its purpose as trying to get us to do something else. Boredom can spur us on to do something more meaningful, or tempt us into dangerous behaviours. In this edition of the Why Factor, Sandra Kanthal talks with researchers who think boredom is anything but boring.

When travelling in different cities, I've noticed that the majority of commuters on the train or the tube have seemingly never felt bored because everyone has a smartphone where they are entertaining themselves without rest. The millennials who haven't found a job are glued to stare at the device wherever in the world while the grey take non-stop social life for granted. It seems we have no second to think how pedestrian our life is, indeed, each second matters as hedonism goes the round.

We presumably find it extremely hard to pause a second and immerse ourselves into such an empty world which may boost our capacity of creativity that is an origin of euphoria. Boredom, on the other hand, fosters our independence opposite to reliance counting on close social connections. Gradually we unquestionably end up following suit without thinking how unique each human being should be, and believe how useless boredom is or perhaps even worse - there is no difference between garbage and boredom!

The life that you are chasing tirelessly looks as if you go awry. Why not fully feel bored, refresh yourself and make your life meaningful?

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