Why boredom can be good for the brain – BBC News Australia

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If someone invites you to just sit and do nothing, you will surely remember the long list of pending tasks that await you or think of something better to do.

The feeling that the day doesn’t have enough hours to deal with all the unread emails, resolve unfinished business at work or focus on the family is commonplace.

Added to this is the fact that, when we are not trying to cope with these tasks, we take out our cell phones to read something online or reply to comments on social networks, in a continuous search for entertainment.

Few people think boredom is a viable option. But according to neuroscientists, boredom, despite its bad reputation, can boost our creativity, our commitment to tasks, and our productivity at work.

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