How habit boredom makes you spend moreHave you ever felt a sudden motivation to become a better person? This probably happened last night while you were in bed mulling over your past mistakes. Or maybe you saw someone successful and you went, “I can do that too if I put my mind to it.” And put your mind to it, you did. You worked hard, changed your overspending ways, and became financially stable. But weeks later, your new money-saving habit started to feel like a chore. You replaced your impulsive buying habit with a less-rewarding one, and now you’re starting to hate it too. Slowly but surely, your willpower to keep living a financially healthy life keeps fading until you go back to your old ways. That’s basically what habit boredom is in a nutshell. The same way we get bored when watching something repetitive, we also tend to get bored with whatever habits we try to form. For example, if you were able to make a habit out of setting aside a portion of your pay … [Read more...] about How habit boredom makes you spend more
Why does boring stuff make you sleepy
In 2012, during a midnight screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colorado cinema, a nut job tossed tear gas grenades into the audience and killed 12 people with semi-automatic weapons. When arrested, the killer was said to sport reddish-orange dyed hair resembling the DC Comics character, The Joker. After Heath Ledger portrayed the iconic Batman arch-villain in Nolan’s earlier 2008 film, The Dark Knight, he was said to have trouble getting back to normalcy, and couldn’t sleep more than two hours a night; the actor overdosed on an assortment of prescribed medications shortly after an Oscar nomination for playing The Joker was announced. Now we have Joaquin Phoenix putting on the greasepaint in what people are already saying is the darkest, most disturbing cinematic Joker yet. Todd Phillips — not known for directing dark comic antiheroes but rather for those Hangover movies — was said to be gearing up for some weird reactions … [Read more...] about Why does The Joker continue to fascinate US?
Whether you had a restful sleep last night or not, it is typically unavoidable to feel sleepy while bored. Science can explain why. Published in the Nature Communications journal, a team of Japanese and Chinese researchers conducted a study to determine why people get sleepy when bored, Reader’s Digest reports. As it turns out, the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that influences motivation and pleasure, also affects one’s drowsiness. If this region is not stimulated, the brain will send signals to fall asleep. These neurons are so strong that we cannot perceive the difference between boredom-induced sleep and regular sleep, known as slow-wave sleep, which is characterized by slow and high-voltage brain waves. Yo Oishi, the lead author on the study, explained that “the classic somnogen adenosine is a strong candidate for evoking the sleep effect in the nucleus accumbens”. Adenosine represents a state of energy deficiency and induces sleep via … [Read more...] about This is why being bored makes you sleepy
Will getting up before the sun has cracked its first rays make you a better, more brilliant person? In his book, The 5am Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate your Life, “leadership guru” Robin Sharma argues the case. The book is the 13th publication in an oeuvre that also includes the titles Who Will Cry When You Die? and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has sold more than three million copies to date.I am not usually in the habit of following the advice of leadership gurus and have a relatively low tolerance for books claiming to transform my life, especially when those books are framed as quasi-fictions featuring characters called the “Spellbinder”, but I was persuaded to have a look at Sharma’s latest offering when he messaged me directly on Instagram. I can only assume that he was using the social media platform outside his “zero technology zones”: The hours between 4.45am and 8am and after 6pm, during which all phones must be abandoned.To … [Read more...] about Does waking up before sunrise make you a more successful individual?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?