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.
Here's a sure-fire way to enjoy what's right around you.
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.
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 the way we think? Creativity has been pegged to conducive environments, perfect collaborators, personality traits, serendipity, and even spiritual muses.
Some 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression, an illness that comes in many forms—from major depression and seasonal affective disorder, to dysthymia and bipolar disorder. Depression is an illness that increasingly afflicts people worldwide, interfering with concentration, motivation and many other aspects of everyday functioning.