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Healthy Cures for Boredom

You can:

  • Go shopping and buy a bunch of shit you don’t need and can’t afford
  • Eat some overpriced food (that you’re not really hungry for) at a restaurant and criticize the food and service
  • Sit in a dark movie theater for 2 hours and criticize the movie afterward
  • Text message everyone else you know that might be as bored and unimaginative as you
  • Head/stay home and watch TV until you get tired of watching shitty television
  • Smoke marijuana long enough to enjoy doing nothing or at least long enough to forget that you wanted to do something
  • Watch a 3 minute youtube video and then spend 4 hours reading all the stupid comments about the video (that have come to a point that has nothing to do with the video)
  • Convince yourself that your family has better things to do than hear from you… as you slowly give $400 to a slot machine
  • Buy more lottery tickets for the same numbers you’ve been playing for the past decade and hope to break even in the failed investment by winning
  • Head out to a bar for “happy hour” with some coworkers while you talk about how miserable work is.


Or you could:

  • Throw a Frisbee at a park
  • Organize and play in a kickball game
  • Put a puzzle together
  • Play a nostalgic board game
  • Recruit a stranger into a game of battleship
  • Attend a local open mic
  • Watch live music
  • Volunteer
  • Make some cds  for friends
  • Make 3 cds for yourself and take a road trip with friends long enough to listen to all of them
  • Redecorate a room in your home
  • Go to a thrift store
  • Go to a flea market
  • Organize and donate some of your clothes
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Put together a photo album
  • Make a collage
  • Get a tattoo
  • Make some sort of jewelry, accessory
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Rollerblade
  • Fly a kite
  • Swim
  • Kayak / canoe
  • Hike
  • Throw a pizza party
  • Initiate a food fight
  • Have a sleepover
  • Start a journal
  • Try a completely different hairstyle
  • Play madlibs
  • Read the newspaper (preferably the comics)
  • Go to a museum
  • Attend a concert
  • See a sporting event
  • Draw/paint something
  • Climb a tree
  • Read a children’s book at least 3 times and then donate it
  • Get someone a cool gift for no reason
  • Go to a toy store and buy a cool toy
  • Baby-sit a friends’ kid
  • Write a memoir
  • Bake a cake or some kind of confection 
  • Spoil your car with a tune up, thorough cleaning or fresh tires
  • Find a yard sale
  • Build something
  • Play with a remote control car
  • Go to a zoo
  • Take weird pictures of stuff
  • Buy a crappy b rated film, invite some friends over and comically dub the voices
  • Create a nickname for yourself and make enough new friends for it to stay
  • Have a water/dart gun battle
  • Play poker with some friends
  • Play bingo
  • Go to a karaoke bar
  • Create a cool handshake and teach it to your friends
  • Play hide and seek
  • Learn 6 new words and talk often enough to incorporate them into your vocabulary
  • Learn a few phrases in a different language
  • Have a conversation with loved ones while sitting in a cemetery
  • Learn a magic trick
  • Learn to juggle
  • Videotape yourself and friends doing something fun
  • Buy a coloring book and crayons and get to coloring
  • Draw a flip book
  • Make paper airplanes
  • Fix something that is broken
8 Comments leave one →
  1. Marisol permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:26 AM

    You forgot to put build a zen garden in your back yard with bonsai trees and build a pond with japanese fish in it with a little bridge to walk over it.

  2. Marisol permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:27 AM

    Oh and tattoo your children with your initials on them so they are branded with your name.

  3. August 5, 2009 12:00 PM

    Ok the three pages I’ve read are very interesting. The dollar one is a great idea. I live in Billings Mt. and so far have not seen one or never paid attention to what is written on a dollar bill. Healthy Cures for Boredom is great. I love it; just do something other the buy or watch what others do. Bring happiness to other lives or create something. Nice web site

  4. Tony permalink
    August 10, 2009 2:09 PM

    or sit still and do nothing, then maybe you can understand the boredom rather than try and run away from it in any of the above ways.

  5. September 9, 2010 10:03 PM

    Here’s one I’ve always loved:

    Read something inspiring.

  6. November 30, 2011 1:07 AM

    Don’t forget to include:

    Going on a hike, finding a beautiful canopy of trees deep within the forest and building a hammock!

    Then… visiting later with your friends to relax, study and maybe even have a drum circle ^_^

  7. April 16, 2012 1:42 AM

    Also, I love engaging in random ELEVATOR conversations… tends to make it a little less akward and sometimes… you even make a new friend! 🙂

  8. bec permalink
    December 18, 2012 10:37 PM

    all very idealistic u forgot hold hands and sing kum bye ah or whatever. im just cynical. i was gonna smoke some pot but i might go 4 a bike ride instead. well actually i’d have to ride to get the weed but maybe i’ll ride in the other direction.

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