Beat Boredom!

Is it true that only boring people get bored? The feeling of boredom is truly personal: Some meditate enthusiastically for hours while others can't stand thirty seconds of sitting still; some are riveted at the opera while others' eyes glaze over. Pinpoint what bores you and see if you learn something new about yourself.


Self-control separates us from our ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom, thanks to our large prefrontal cortices. Rather than responding to immediate impulses, we can plan, we can evaluate alternative actions, and we can refrain from doing things we'll regret. We can also take advantage of these innately human abilities by developing wisdom and willpower.



Even those of us not in explicitly creative fields must come up with new ideas and insights in order to move ahead. How can we shake up our thinking patterns?


Some 15 million Americans struggle with depressionan illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts.