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    Bored? That’s Good News for Creatives

    All parents dread hearing “I’m bored” from their children — an inevitability, no matter how many books or swings you buy. I’ll never forget all the four-hour drives my family took over weekends between New York and Vermont. Sure, I was bored senseless, but I also used the time to dream and build worlds in my head. So while boredom can be linked to behavioral issues, from bad driving to mindless snacking, it’s not all bad news: Studies show that the encouragement of contemplation and daydreaming can actually spur creativity.

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