As we discussed earlier, in order to solve boredom, look at what people are doing who are not bored and do likewise. One solution is to attend a comedy show or read a new joke book. When someone is laughing, there is no room for boredom. It is like light shining down on darkness. Laughter is like the sun, and boredom is like the darkness.
I have never met or heard of anyone who has not laughed in their lives. There is no much humor all around us. I bet if God exists (which I do), then he is laughing joyfully much of the time. You can visit your local comedy studio, in Chicago we have Second City, or you can read a funny joke book or watch a funny movie or rent a funny comedian that suits your taste. It will always brighten up your day if you start it or interrupt it with a good hearty laugh. And that alone will destroy your boredom.
Watch and observe little children. As long as there is no bullying going around, they love to poke and make earnest fun of each other. Just as they experience, maybe you need a good laugh too. When you feel bored, try to engage in its opposite…humor.
When you are bored, try to do something spontaneous (of course nothing risky or illegal). As we grow to adults, we are driven into routines that we don’t even realize we are in until we are drowning in boredom. There are always something new to try, whether it is a new vegan restaurant to eat at, a new hobby to explore, or old passions that have dried up.
Relive old passions. I personally recently rediscovered an old passion in stamp and coin collecting. As I used one of the aforementioned strategies (cleaning up my attic and basement while bored), I found my old stamp and coin collection. I instantly was struck by the childhood joys of collecting, and I visited my local coin store, Niles Coin Shop. There, I found and learned and bought many new coins, many of which had exciting histories and were not expensive. For example, I learned about the history behind some of the coins.
For example, I was fascinated again about old STEEL pennies that the U.S. government used during World War II due to copper shortages. They cost only about 25 cents today and are a fascinating trip through history. As a child, I would collect many inexpensive coins and dream and wonder who held them and what was going on during history at the time these coins were minted.
What were your own lost childhood passions? Did you like old memorabilia? What about comic books? There is an endless source of boredom busting strategies to be found. Many of these are found right where you are sitting, in your own past.
Create a list of where you will see yourself in 2, 5, 10 and 20 years. This is an excellent boredom busting strategy that will fill up times of “blah”. This is not dissimilar to a “bucket list” we spoke of earlier but would also involve a careful reexamination of your life. This exercise may take an evening or may days across time, and help lift your spirits by giving you concrete goals to aim for. It will give you hope, and that is paramount to battle ennui and listlessness. This exercise may also have the unintended effect of making your life better in the longer term, by addressing what needs you may have to engage in to make your future dreams come true.