Yesterday I was incredibly bored. Some Sundays I feel like I’m just waiting for the week to start again. That drives me absolutely crazy because I feel like I’m wasting precious time off. Turns out being bored has a lot of great benefits. I found a story about all the benefits of being bored.
- It makes you more creative. Because it forces your mind to wander. A study in 2014 gave people random tasks, and then a creativity test. And the group with the most boring task of reading a phone book ended up scoring highest on the creativity test.
- It makes you more goal-oriented. A 2011 study found that when you daydream, you’re more likely to think about the future than the past. And you do something called “autobiographical planning,” where you think about stuff you have to take care of.
- It can make you more productive. A study last year found that daydreaming actually made people perform BETTER at tasks. Again, it’s because it stimulates part of your brain associated with free-thinking.
- It makes you more generous. Researchers in Ireland found that being bored made people more likely to engage in “pro-social behaviors,” like donating to charity.
The main point? Put the phone down and be bored. Your brain is very good at entertaining itself.