Boredom is the most overlooked cause of an extraordinary variety of personal and social problems. While it is not the same as depression (a bored person blames the way she feels on outward causes; a depressed person blames herself), when it lasts too long or comes back too frequently, it can lead to depression. Boredom is one of the most frequently cited reasons for dropping out of school. It is also a factor in eating disorders, addictions and a loss of self- esteem.

What can you do to feel better?

Take baby steps. Vary your routine…Rent a thriller if you usually watch romantic comedies. If washing dishes drives you crazy, trade chores with your sister.

Instead of waiting for someone else to call and make plans, call first. Smile first at someone new. Volunteer.

Exercise. You’ve heard it a million times but it’s true. Exercise makes all kinds of things feel better.

Stop thinking the rest of the world has a better life than you do. Every single person on earth has a share in happiness, anxiety, victories and failures.

Fight it. Don’t surrender to feeling bloopy. Your life’s success is all about your behavior and your attitude. You are stronger and smarter than any mood. Go for it!

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