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A scientific study has demonstrated that boredom is good for you—and society.  From the Guardian story:

Through a series of seven studies, researchers found that boredom increases prosocial motivations that impact on positive behaviours that last far beyond the length of time of the boring activity itself. “Boredom makes people long for different and purposeful activities, and as a result they turn towards more challenging and meaningful activities, turning towards what they perceive to be really meaningful in life,” said Van Tilburg. “Donating to charity or signing up for blood donations could not have increased the level of stimulation, interest, arousal, novelty, fun, or challenge experienced during the boring activity, simply because the boring activity finished before prosocial behavior was assessed,” he said.

I knew I was providing a public service! Now, take your SHS medicine and tell your friends to do the same. Think of it as your contribution to a better society.

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