Mental Health

manav parashar


January 19, 2023

Boredom is good after all!

In 2011, Peter Toohey published a book a named Boredom: A Lively History. His conclusion was that boredom is one of those fundamentally important feelings that we need to experience in our lives. "Boredom is an adaptive characteristic in the Darwinian sense. The ability to be bored, which he describes as a form of mild disgust, is beneficial to humanity. Just as it's been shown that disgust enables us to steer clear of disease-bearing environments, so does boredom guide us away from situations that might be detrimental to our mental health. Toohey goes on to argue that boredom is not merely a negative function. It's often he says, the precondition for creativity." So, boredom is a prerequisite to natural simulation and creativity, as opposed to a worthless limbo! Next time give boredom a go and it might surprise you. 😃😃 A penny for your thoughts?

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Hmm @Arjun Bhandari Thoughts?

January 19, 2023


@Deepali thought you'd find this interesting!

January 19, 2023


Shyft Yoga Trainer

Thank you for sharing this abhilasha. This is quite an interesting read. It actually reminds me whenever I would tell my mom as a kid that "I am bored" she would instantly reply with "keep yourself busy with something, an idle mind is a devil's workshop" we have an innate fear of boredom like it's something negative. So this article makes me fear less and get bored without fear or guilt of being unproductive, I guess 🙃 and it is good to know it may be followed by a creative phase so win-win.

January 19, 2023

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