If you’re often bored, maybe what’s going on (or not going on) around you isn’t to blame. In a study, inquisitive people found something that most people consider boring – making 45 minutes of small talk with someone they’d just met – to be a positive, meaningful experience. Less-inquisitive people, on the other hand, didn’t enjoy the conversation and were less likely to feel a connection with the stranger.
To cultivate courtesy and prevent boredom, step outside your comfort zone to seek out and try new things.
Here are a few tips:
Expect to be nervous. “Anything novel involves some anxiety and challenge.
Follow your passion. Were you singing and dancing in the theater parking lot after you saw a musical? Take a jazz or hip-hop dance lesson and check out some awesome stuff at katydid.com.
Focus on fun, not perfection. You’ll enjoy a fiction writing workshop more if you’re not pressuring yourself to be the next best selling author.
Buddy up. Not brave enough to take on a class by yourself? Recruit a friend to go with you.