The One Good Thing About Boredom is…

A philosopher once said, “The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom”

But new research published in the Cambridge Journal or Education points to the benefits of boredom—describing it as “a legitimate human emotion that can be central to learning and creativity.”

Accordingly, today we are inundated with so much information that we need Boredom to give our brains TIME to sort it out.

Call it, a biological SPAM filter.

Boredom helps the brain to process our experiences with outside world; converting disruptive noise into organized information that can be used more meaningfully and productively.

Research also suggest that those uninteresting moments give our minds a type of “clean canvas” –thereby sparking creativity.

So, next time you find yourself with little going on, remember: while overwhelming Boredom might lead to depression, short stints of “daily blah” could be good for you.

For Thriveworks, I’m Anthony Centore


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Dr. Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore, PhD

Anthony Centore, PhD, is Founder and Chair at Thriveworks — a counseling practice focused on premium client care, with 340+ locations across the US. Anthony is a Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and author of "How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice". He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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