More than 20 years ago, psychologist Alan Dershowitz argued that we are wired to be bored and that we have evolved to be self-obsessed.
He argued that this has led to the widespread belief that if you’re not bored, you’re unhappy and you’re more likely to hurt yourself or others.
But new research from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo suggests that the opposite is true.
Researchers from the U-M and the Buffalo University conducted three experiments to test the hypothesis that our mood and behavior are more closely linked than previously believed.
In the first, the researchers gave participants three types of tests.
One type was simple, such as reading a story and counting the number of words in it.
The other types included more complicated, such, like writing a list of words, choosing a picture, and doing an exercise.
The participants then rated how much they enjoyed each type of test.
In each of the tests, participants were told that the next test was going to involve the same type of activity, but in different situations.
In one test, participants played a game that required them to read a short story.
The task was to see if they could make a list, pick a picture to draw, and then complete an exercise that required moving a pencil across a blank sheet of paper.
In another test, they were asked to choose a picture and then write an essay about that picture.
The subjects were told they would then have to choose between three pictures, one of which had a similar color to their favorite one.
In a third test, the subjects were asked a similar but different task, but instead of reading a short novel, they had to choose from a collection of 30 different pictures.
The picture chosen had to be the same as the picture they picked, but the other three were different.
All of the participants reported a higher degree of enjoyment of reading the picture of the dog with a long nose than of the picture that was chosen from the same picture that had a short nose.
Participants also reported a greater degree of satisfaction with the picture chosen over the picture with a short, nose-like nose.
The results suggest that our behavior is linked to our mood, and it appears that our sense of well-being is tied to our ability to cope with stressful situations, according to the study.
The researchers also noted that their findings are consistent with previous studies showing that people are more likely than others to report feeling depressed when they are bored, and that our experiences of boredom and the experience of stress can have a negative impact on our mood.
But they noted that they had not yet found any evidence that people who report feeling bored are more depressed or less happy, and this has not been replicated in other studies.
The study was published in the April 25 issue of Psychological Science.