Did You Know…Boredom is Good for You?

A woman in green robe laying on the bed. Wylde Grey Did You Know…Boredom is Good for You?

Did You Know Boredom is Good for You?

There are two different types of boredom: superficial and profound.

Superficial boredom refers to being bored by a situation, like a meeting that could have been an email. It’s characterized by a need to escape.

Profound boredom, on the other hand, is more of an existential thing that causes us to struggle with our sense of self. It’s characterized by indifference and apathy.

The human brain is a powerful tool. Always on, the brain is thinking and dealing with decisions and stressors and subconscious activities. But as much as the human brain function has a large capacity, it also has limits.

Being bored can help improve social connections. When we are not busy with other thoughts and activities, we focus inward as well as looking to reconnect with friends and family. 

Being bored can help foster creativity. The eureka moment when solving a complex problem when one stops thinking about it is called insight.

Additionally, being bored can improve overall brain health.  During exciting times, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine which is associated with feeling good.  When the brain has fallen into a predictable, monotonous pattern, many people feel bored, even depressed. This might be because we have lower levels of dopamine.  One approach is to retrain the brain to actually enjoy these less exciting, and perhaps boring, times.