How to make the most mundane things more enjoyable?

mundane things more enjoyable

A new study from Ohio State University in Columbus and the University of Chicago at Illinois argues that by doing the same activities in unusual ways, we can enjoy them as if we are experiencing them for the first time.

For instance, if one would move an old pair of shelves from one room to another, the change of context may “refresh” one’s perception of these objects.

For example eating popcorn with chopsticks. Study showed that the chopstick-wielding eaters found the experience more enjoyable than their counterparts, who tackled the snacks in the normal way.

The authors suggest, by simply doing regular things in a completely different way, we may be able to regain a lost sense of enjoyment.

Why not try eating regular food while sitting on the table instead of at the table? Or moving your armchair around the house to get a new perspective each time?”

make mundane things more enjoyable

Boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when a person is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.

Boredom can be a destructive feeling, leading people to zone out in meetings and classes–and in some cases, even to alcohol or drugs. But in certain circumstances, boredom can also be a force for good, becoming the spark that starts a creative process or leading to greater self-reflection.

Find ways to channel your creativity by reading, writing, or making crafts. Take advantage of dull moments by being productive. Work on a task you’ve been putting off or learn a new skill. Get together with your friends when you’re bored and find exciting things to do around town. Find ways to have fun.

Ways To Make Most Mundane Things More Enjoyable

1. Harness your Creative Bone– Doodle, paint, color or sketch something. Do some creative writing. If you’re struggling to start, just write down anything that comes to mind without filtering yourself. You can even start by writing something like, “I’m so bored” and describing your boredom. Use household objects to make crafts. 

2. Get in a daily workout. Keeping your body active will help keep your mind active.

3. Re-organize your home. This will give you a real feeling of accomplishment in addition to lessening your boredom.

4. Hang out at a coffee shop. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to simply chat with your friend over a cup of coffee, and good conversation can be a great means to lessen boredom. If no one’s around to meet up, hit up a local coffee shop alone. You may find someone else hanging out solo and you can try striking up a conversation. This can both alleviate your boredom and help you make a new friend.

5. Pretend to be a tourist in your own town. If you and your friends can’t think of anything to do, pretend you’ve never been to your town before. Plan a day seeing all the local attractions and eating at local restaurants.

6. Look through old photos. You may be surprised, for example, to see how much you’ve changed since 8th grade.

7. Watch funny videos online. There are many comedians who operate YouTube channels and post funny content. You can also watch clips of standup comedians online.

“Boredom always precedes a period of Great Creativity”

– Anonymous

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