Reading A Book Is The Perfect Cure For Boredom

It’s difficult to think of a person who doesn’t have the desire to learn – whether the subject is history, sports, politics, cooking or just plain trivia.

Research suggests that individuals who are avid learners are likely to be more physically and mentally healthy than their less-engaged peers. There has been incredible validation by science in this area. What we learn and how we do it will greatly influence our future.

I can still see my grandfather at 86 sitting at the kitchen table with his espresso, Italian newspaper and stacks of books.
And my mother never stopped flaunting her latest finding about the stock market or something interesting she’d heard on the Larry King TV show. Every time we chatted, she would challenge me to see if I knew what she knew. I felt compelled to keep up with her.

I try to do the same thing with my children and grandchildren because I want them to stay on top of things, not be pushed under by them.

The grandkids know I won’t put up with the common kid complaint: “I’m bored.” I knew never to say that because I’d always get the same response: either “go read a book” or “I’ll give you something to do.” The latter meant manual labor. My mother could always find something for me to do that was not particularly exciting, such as cleaning the bathroom. Reading a book became my savior.

Having a brain that can function into our later years takes effort. Yes, some of our genetic coding and circumstances out of our control mean something. But every day we can make a point of increasing our learning capacity. Even simple acts like becoming more observant or listening more carefully instead of thinking of what you’re going to say next can be great educational experiences.

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a great quote from Eartha Kitt: “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”

About lorettalaroche

An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, ‘Get a Life’.

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3 Responses to Reading A Book Is The Perfect Cure For Boredom

  1. My mom despaired of me ever NOT reading a book. She claims (and probably rightfully so) that she has the only daughter that ever went to Expo ’67 and read two books while wandering through the fair’s site. There’s a very dim memory of an awfully nice Thai pavillion… or perhaps Morroccan, but vivid memory of reading Forever Amber at the World’s Fair! There is always something new to read, new to learn.

  2. Jeanette Young says:

    As a child I hated to read & did poorly in school. I have discover over MANY years that the reason I could not read as well as others was the way my eyes work. Even working on a computer anyway. At 20 on my first job one of my workers gave me this very large book, it was a family saga, I can’t remember the title. I actually finished it & started reading for fun. I’m 65 & have a family who thinks I’m a reading machine. I read with my grands all they can stand. My middle daughter keeps buying books, doesn’t have time to read them & gives them to me. I find it all quite amusing. I haven’t heard about Deanna, I’ll have to look up her books at the library.
    Loretta, you are the best. I keep picking up your books when I’m stressed about food mostly. Thanks for being you! God bless both of you.

  3. Deanna Davis says:

    Oh, Loretta, you’re speaking my language. I’m convinced that I became an author and speaker in order to be surrounded by books all the time. This is a fact my husband finds most distressing, as I come back from book signings often having purchased more books than I sold (and fortunately or unfortunately, I sell a lot of books!). When he calls, if I’m cryptic about where I am or what I’m doing he immediately assumes the worst, “You’re in a bookstore, aren’t you? STEP AWAY FROM THE SHELVES, DEANNA.” I guess there are worse addictions, though, given your cited research :). Thanks for your continued leadership in our field…you are an inspiration…and a funny one, at that!

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