Being Bored Can Be Good for You —If You Do It Right. Here’s How

If you’re waiting for brilliance to strike, try getting bored first. That’s the takeaway of a study published recently in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries, which found that boredom can spark individual productivity and creativity. In the study, people who had gone through a boredom-inducing task — methodically sorting a bowl of beans by color, one by one — later performed better on an idea-generating task than peers who first completed an interesting craft activity. (The task: to come up with excuses for being late that wouldn’t make someone look bad.) The bored folks outperformed the artists both in terms of idea quantity and quality, as ranked by objective outsiders who assigned uniqueness scores to each one. Those findings are likely no surprise to Sandi Mann, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K. Mann is the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good, and a proponent of embracing the emotion, negative connotations and all. Here’s why being bored can be a good thing for your mind, imagination and productivity, and how to do it right. Boredom sparks creativity At its core, boredom is “a search for neural stimulation that isn’t satisfied,” Mann says. “If we can’t find that, our mind will create it.” As demonstrated by the new study and plenty others before it, boredom can enable creativity and problem-solving by allowing the mind to wand...
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Date: Wednesday, 06 26, 2019; Speaker: Elena Rosenthal, MD Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Virology, , University of Maryland School of Medicine and Co-Director, , DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress, Hepatitis Clinical Research Prog; Christopher F. Rowley, MD MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, , Harvard Medical School and Associate Infectious Diseases Program Director, , Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Building: Building 10 (Clinical Center); Lipsett Amphitheater; CME Credit; Videocast Event
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Conclusions: The results indicate that self-efficacy and motivation are interrelated in improving long-term abstinence and PDA following residential treatments and may play a substantial role in recovery from AUD.Eur Addict Res
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Publication date: 2019Source: Materials Today: Proceedings, Volume 12, Part 1Author(s): Tatiana Zimogliadova, Ekaterina Drobyaz, Daria Mul, Anastasia EgorovaAbstractThe structure, phase composition and mechanical properties of Ni-base self-fluxing coatings, cladded by electron beam, revealed in the air atmosphere, were investigated. By variation of NiCrSiB-alloy/(Nb-B)-addition ratio (0-35 wt. %of (Nb-B)-compound) in the initial powder mixtures different phase composition of cladded coatings was obtained. Microhardness and wear resistance were measured to estimate quality of surface layers. The coating, cladded with maximu...
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Oral cannabidiol reduces cue-induced drug craving and anxiety and may be a good non-opioid treatment option for opioid use disorder, say authors of a new study.Medscape Medical News
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Conclusions/Implications for Practice: This study supports that work-related quality of life affects organizational commitment positively. Therefore, regulating working conditions by taking into consideration employee security will positively affect job satisfaction in terms of both the institution and the employee. Moreover, as nurses do not only work in hospitals, taking this action should also work in different settings. Administrators should ensure the work-related quality of life of the prison nurses by understanding the difficulties of prison nursing.
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Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety.
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Publication date: Available online 19 May 2019Source: Neuroscience LettersAuthor(s): Lee Peyton, Alfredo Oliveros, Chang Hoon Cho, Phillip Starski, Daniel Lindberg, Mi-Hyeon Jang, Doo-Sup ChoiAbstractImpulsivity is defined as a predisposition toward rapid, unplanned reactions in response to internal or external stimuli, often yielding negative consequences. Accordingly, impulsivity is considered a significant risk factor for developing addictive behaviors. The hippocampus is involved in regulating behavioral adaptability and learned behaviors. Consequently, abnormal hippocampal function has been demonstrated to contribute ...
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In this issue of Biological Psychiatry, Nicolas et  al. (1) add to a growing literature demonstrating the importance of sex and gonadal hormones in the development of substance use disorders. Their study focused on the incubation of cocaine craving in male versus female rats tested at different estrous cycle phases. Overall, they showed that estrou s cyclicity significantly altered cocaine craving (or seeking) after a drug-free period. From a translational perspective, these incubation of craving and self-administration procedures model several key features of human substance use.
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The prevalence of Internet addiction (IA) and its correlates among Hong Kong adolescents and local prevention programs for adolescents ’ IA were reviewed and analyzed, with a view to identifying service gaps and making suggestions on ways forward. From 8 papers identified from ProQuest and EBSCOhost, published from 2009 to 2018, the local prevalence rates of IA in adolescents were noted to range from 3.0% to 26.8%, which was high er than that in other regions of the world. The more recent the studies, the higher the prevalence rate.
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Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.
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