Boredom Sparks Creativity
Ever been, as the saying goes, “dying of boredom”? Well, there have actually been multiple studies saying that “being bored promotes creative association and pushes one to find deeper meaning and satisfaction”. Allowing ourselves to be bored once in awhile is in fact good for us and for our creativity.
Why is this? According to Fast Company, “bored individuals seek out and engage in satisfying activities–much like happy people do”. Boredom causes people to seek out more meaningful and interesting activities to relieve themselves of their current situation.
These days, however, when people feel bored, they are more than likely to grab their phone and mindlessly check apps and scroll forever to make time go by. In fact, grabbing our phone’s in a moment of boredom happens so many times each day, that morning, noon, and night, people don’t have a moment without stimulation. This addiction to our devices deprives us of the very important feeling of boredom. Whether you’re going on a walk, taking a shower, or just in bed at night, it seems as though those are when our best ideas come to us. When we let our minds wander, reflect, and daydream, we allow ourselves to make positive connections and think of great ideas.
Feeling restless? According to Wired, this could be a good thing because, “boredom might spark creativity because a restless mind hungers for stimulation”. While people have an urge to fill these times with stimulation from the Internet or apps on their phone, an article on Inc. says that, “spending every second of every day engaged in some type of action absolutely kills your creativity”.
So next time there’s a lull in your day, make a conscious effort to let yourself be bored… your best ideas may just come out of it!
Sources: https://www.fastcompany.com/3042046/the-science-behind-how-boredom-benefits-creative-thought, http://www.businessinsider.com/studies-find-boredom-leads-to-creativity-2014-9, https://www.wired.com/2017/01/clive-thompson-7/, https://medium.com/writers-on-writing/the-art-of-boredom-an-unrecognized-font-of-creativity-24eb88d67c52, https://www.inc.com/chris-winfield/is-boredom-the-ultimate-creativity-hack.html