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The 5 Different Categories Of Boredom (As Determined By Scientists)

Not many kids dream of growing up and spending their days studying the nuances of the most apathetic feeling known to the human race, yet, Thomas Goetz, a professor of empirical educational research at the University of Konstanz in Germany, found the subject of boredom at least marginally interesting enough to delve deeper into it.

“Given the high frequency of boredom in various situations encountered in daily life and the variety of detrimental experiences to which boredom is related, it is rather surprising that to date there has been little research conducted on this specific emotion,” Goetz wrote in the study published this week in the Journal Motivation and Emotion.

He makes a good point I suppose. People feel bored a lot. So, Goetz and his colleagues recruited a group of high school students (who better?) and group college students for their boredom study. The results were staggering. Well, not really, but they discovered that there are five distinct categories of boredom. Find out which one you might be experiencing right this moment. Keep reading »

10 Inexpensive Ways To Shake Up Your Life

There’s a very depressing article in today’s Daily Mail about the high percentage of women in the U.K. who are bored out of their skulls. My guess is the number of American women who feel similar probably isn’t too far off and could very well be even higher. A new study revealed British women blame their boredom on: “a lack of variety amid a daily routine, a limited social life and pressures at work,” as well as not enough vacations, a long list of chores, their appearance, and being broke. Because we can all fall into the trap of boredom now and again — some more than others — and because money is tight for a lot of us right now, keep reading for a list of 10 free or cheap things you can do right now to shake things up and get you out of a boring rut. Keep reading »

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