Many researchers believe there to be a connection between Boredom and Well-Being. Specifically, people who are “chronically” bored are more likely to suffer from mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, addiction, hostility, low academic performance and more.
A recent BBC report entitled “Exercise ‘no help for depression,’ research suggests” is a bit of a comedy of errors on a number of different levels.
New research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition) suggests that when a child’s mother is highly nurturing, their hippocampus will grow larger than other children whose moms are less nurturing. The positive impact of having a larger hippocampus includes enhanced capacities for learning and memory as well as managing stress.