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Dave’s Diary: Being Bored to Death is a Definite Possibillity

My kids used to say it all the time.  “I’m bored to death!” But is it really possible to be bored to death? In a recent University College of London study researchers found that people who live tedious lives are in fact two times more likely to die young than those who feel more fulfilled.  So, I guess

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the answer would be yes! Over 7,000 bureaucrats between the ages of 35 and 55 were monitored for 25 years. Those who complained of high levels of boredom were almost 40% more likely to have died by the end of the study than those who did not.

The study also showed bored people are more likely to turn to unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking, which can cut their life expectancy and health experts say the findings on heart disease show there was sufficient evidence to say there is a link with boredom.

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