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Why we should all be bored a lot more

When we were kids, boredom was a hated feeling. Today our author wishes nothing more than simply being able to say "I'm sooooo bored"

"Mom, how much longer?" Nothing was worse before than a never-ending car journey. After two hours you had finished all the sweets, had argued with your siblings so that nobody wanted to talk to each other, ran through town-country-river from A to Z three times in your head - and you still hadn’t reached your goal. It was boring. And there was nothing you could do about it! At most, stare out of the window. And if things went well, you fell asleep at some point. That was the redemption.

Count cracks in the ceiling

Today we no longer know the state of boredom. At least I can't remember the last time I didn't know what to do with myself. When time seemed so tough, like chewing gum for too long. We always have something to do. And if not, then let's think about what to do next. Instead of counting the cracks in the ceiling, we write to-do lists in our heads. And when we have finished, we write WhatsApps, emails and status notifications. Thanks to our smartphone, we never have to deal with ourselves again. Even on the way to work or while waiting for the train, we always have something to plug the void in our head with.

Full of luxury

Boredom has become a luxury that we cannot or do not want to afford. Boredom is a good thing. Neuroscientists have found that a network in the brain ignites when we are bored. If we are not consciously thinking about something, when our head is at rest, it even increases our creativity, because our head subconsciously links various ideas with one another. Pretty good right? Research also shows that doing nothing increases our ability to concentrate and reduces stress. And that in turn has a positive effect on our sleep and our psyche.

So boredom is not a waste of time. It is a gift that we should give ourselves more often. So the next time I'm lying on the sofa, I'll just, exactly, do nothing! And that until it breaks out of me: "Wow, that's sooo boring!"